Harford Miracle League raising funds to build baseball field for players with special needs

The Miracle League of Harford County is spearheading an initiative to give children and adults with disabilities a place where they can play baseball by this fall — that all depends, however, on the organization’s success in raising the needed funds, according to board president Tom Walls.

Walls, 64, of Forest Hill, has worked with other community organizations, such as the ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, for about 20 years. He said children with special needs enjoy sports, and they have the same desire to play as their able-bodied peers.

“They’ve never been able to get out and experience playing, so this will give them the chance to experience playing ball,” he said last week.

The Miracle League of Harford County is working to raise $800,000 to cover the estimated cost of building the field in Schucks Regional Park, just south of the intersection of Route 22 and Schucks Road and Harford Community College’s Bel Air campus.

The mission of the Conyers, Ga.-based Miracle League, founded in 2000, is to give people with special needs the opportunity to play baseball on fields designed to accommodate them and their wheelchairs or other support devices, according to the organization’s website.

There are more than 240 local organizations, serving more than 200,000 adults and children in the U.S. and Canada, according to the website.

“There’s really nothing like the Miracle League,” Walls said. “There’s nothing like the Miracle League fields anywhere.”

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