Group hopes to bring ‘miracle’ to Plymouth

May 6, 2010
Scott Spielman Editor , Plymouth Journal

A group in Plymouth has one year to pull off a ‘miracle.’ Debra Madonna, co-chair of the Miracle League of Plymouth, said the countdown has begun to generate enough donations to bring a ‘miracle field’ to the community; a fully handicapped accessible field where children of all ability levels will be able to play baseball. “It’s something for kids with special needs to play on,” said Madonna. “It’s not just for Plymouth kids. It’s for anyone that can drive to it.”

The field will be located behind Central Middle School near downtown Plymouth. Madonna said the organization already has an agreement in place with the school district for the land. The City of Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department will help organize the leagues once the field is operating, she said. All that needs to happen is to find the money.

The concept grew out of a partnership with the Plymouth Rotary, which has donated money for handicapped accessible equipment at the Tanger School at Five Mile and Haggerty roads, she said. “Is there a need for it? Yes. There is absolutely a need for recreational facilities for children with special needs,” said Madonna. “This will be the only one in the area where kids can play baseball.” The field will feature a rubberized surface that is more suitable for children with special needs.

The group needs to come up with about $1.1 million for the project, but that includes an endowment that will fund the ongoing operation and maintenance costs. The fundraising efforts started recently and Madonna said she hopes to be able to have a ground breaking for the project next April.

To donate, send a check to Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M. Foundation, P.O. Box 5384, Plymouth MI 48170 or visit www.miracleleagueplymouth.org.

“For a family to be able to sit in the stands and watch their kids play baseball, it’s well worth the price of building this field,” she said.

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