Miracle Field would help all

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We applaud Corinth’s agreement with the nonprofit Miracle League to provide an opportunity and suitable facilities so children with disabilities can play baseball.

The Miracle League of Corinth began working with city staff about two years ago to develop an agreement for the construction of a Miracle Field at Corinth Community Park, and City Council members recently gave the agreement their unanimous approval.

Miracle League is an organization that seeks to make every child who participates feel like part of a team, and the rules include giving every player a turn at bat and providing “buddies” who help the players and cheer them on, Miracle League representative Valerie Johnson told us.

Anyone who has ever been on a team understands what it’s like to feel like you’re a part of the action, and we believe that every youngster deserves the opportunity to have the experience. Programs like this one help make that possible for many deserving young people.

Officials with the nonprofit organization said there are about 240 Miracle League organizations across the country and in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. The Miracle League serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities, providing custom fields to help them play baseball.

The agreement should allow Corinth to fill a definite need, said council member Randy Gibbons. He said there aren’t many special-needs parks in Denton County, and this agreement will make Corinth a destination for parents who have children with special needs.

The organization estimates that more than 6,000 students could be impacted by its work.

The plan should prove to be good for area residents and for the city, Gibbons pointed out.

“We’re constantly working to create an identity for our cities, and I believe we have that with our parks,” Gibbons said. “I believe this is a good idea and it’s at no cost to us.”

The Corinth organization has recently been given nonprofit status and is ready to begin fundraising efforts for the proposed field, and those interested in making a donation or learning more about how the program works can e-mail Greg Love, Miracle League of Corinth president, at glove@miracleleagueofcorinth.org.

The agreement with the city outlines the responsibilities of Corinth and the Miracle League regarding the use of Community Park field, maintenance obligations, construction, scheduling and revenue.

The agreement will be set for an initial term of 15 years with an additional 15-year renewal if agreed to by both parties. Love told council members that opening day for the field is scheduled for March.

That’s one opening day that we definitely don’t want to miss, and we commend the folks in Corinth who have helped make it possible for the new program to get started.

We believe a lot of area families will benefit as a result.


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