Miracle Field ‘a legacy’ for Murfreesboro
Nancy De Gennaro , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee | 2:59 p.m. CT May 6, 2017
It was a home run that kicked off the inaugural ball game Saturday at the grand opening of Murfreesboro Miracle Field, funded in part by Project One Four, a David Price Foundation.
“Atta boy, Joey,” yelled Tommi Stephenson, whose son, Joey Doherty, was the first at bat for the opening game of the Miracle League. “This is a pretty amazing thing for the special needs community,” Stephenson said as she continued to cheer on her son, member of the Miracle League’s Boston Red Sox.
Miracle Field features a custom-designed, special rubberized baseball field built for children and adults with special needs and accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices. A buddy system pairs able-bodied peers with the Miracle League athletes.
In addition to the ball field, the complex includes an inclusive playground that benefits all children with accessible ramps and turf, sensory stations and an easy-to-ride zipline, just to name a few features. There are also covered bleachers and picnic table seating, along with concessions and covered bleachers.
Fundraising for the $3.2 million Miracle Field complex was spearheaded by Price, a Murfreesboro native and Boston Red Sox pitcher who donated $300,000 at the groundbreaking ceremony in February 2016.
Although the professional baseball player was not able to be at the opening, Bonnie and Debbie Price were front and center to represent their son and his foundation.
“Look at the turnout. The kids are loving the playground and we’re playing our first game,” said Debbie Price, turning her head to look at the hundreds who showed up for opening day. “We are excited to be able to partner with the City of Murfreesboro on this much-needed baseball field and playground for the special needs children in our community.”
Mayor Shane McFarland stepped up to mound to welcome and thank the community for support.
“We are extremely grateful for the work of the Project One Four Foundation in partnering with the city of Murfreesboro and support from organizations such as, the Christy Houston Foundation, to bring Miracle Field to our community, ” McFarland said. “We encourage everyone with a heart for children and adults with physical and mental challenges to continue to join us in building this field of dreams in Murfreesboro.”
McFarland also issued a challenge from the city of Murfreesboro to other communities across America to “follow our lead and build something like this.”
“We are so grateful today (and) we are so blessed by this community. Look around at these kids who are going to be smiling for years to come,” said Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce representative Kelli Beam, a Project One Four board member whose daughter, Carlee Beam, cut the ribbon to open the complex. “This is a legacy right here. We are so thankful for David Price and Bonnie and Debbie Price and their footprint on our community with the Miracle Field.”
For more information on the Murfreesboro Miracle League contact 615-907-2251 or MiracleLeague@murfreesborotn.gov.
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