Miracle League Of Ottawa
- A Miracle League aims to provide special-needs children, young adults and adults the opportunity to play the game of baseball (and other sports) on a purpose-built, “Miracle Field”.
- The Miracle League’s goal is to facilitate this opportunity to play baseball on a safe and more enjoyable custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries. A Field may also include wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound, visually impaired players with special needs. The complex will also include a fully accessible play ground built on the same base material.
- With the first field constructed in 1999, there are presently 250 Miracle League Organizations across the US and in Puerto Rico, Canada (Amhertsberg, ON) and Australia. Over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities enjoy play at Miracle League fields.
- In the summer of 2012, the Champions for Ottawa Baseball and the Rotary Club of Orleans were approached by the Desrochers family from Orleans to help support a dream; a Miracle League field in the Nation’s Capital so Bryce Desrochers, a grade six student, could enjoy the game of baseball in a safe environment. Rolly and Michelle Desrochers know that sports gives their son Bryce, born with cerebral palsy, a great deal of joy. Hundreds of other “special needs” children and adults will similarly benefit.
- Presently, the Miracle League of Ottawa is an incorporated non-profit with a Board of Directors and active volunteers, thanks to the support of Sonshine Families, the Rotary Club of Orleans, Friends of the Mer Bleue and BFI Canada.
- A project has been initiated to construct Canada’s first fully functional Miracle League program in Ottawa at the Notre-Dame des Champs park in Orleans to include a field and playground structure; a $900k project.
- The City of Ottawa has expressed support “in principle” through the Community Partnership Major Capital Program for a 50/50 share of the total project cost. The Miracle league team will launch a fundraising campaign Saturday November 9th at 10:30 a.m. at Place d’Orleans shopping Centre.
- Today Rotary Clubs across Ottawa are very proud to support the creation of a new Miracle League organization to help a very special dream come true. Our partnership has two goals: (1) raise the funds necessary to build a Miracle Field with facilities that meet the unique needs of players, and (2) assist in the outreach efforts for the Miracle League across Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec. The combined baseball field and play structure will be the first of its kind in Canada joining 250 other Miracle League Clubs through out North America.
- After project construction is completed, the Miracle League of Ottawa will manage operations in partnership with the City of Ottawa.