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Miracle League of Louisville Receives $200,000 Grant From Delta Dental of Kentucky to Create Playground for Children of All Abilities

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 21, 2018) – Miracle League of Louisville, a baseball league and complex for children with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities, has received a $200,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky to build a playground that will help bring children of abilities together in the Louisville community.

This fall, Miracle League will break ground on a fully-inclusive complex at Fern Creek Park, which will include a baseball field that is safe for players of all ages and abilities, the Delta Dental Miracle League playground, and an adjacent splash-pad.

“Every child deserves a chance to play baseball, and together, we are making this dream a reality for children in Louisville,” said Shawn Freibert, President of the Miracle League Louisville Board of Directors. “There are more than 20,000 children in our region with a disability that precludes them from playing baseball in a traditional league. Through grants from organizations like Delta Dental of Kentucky, we are able to give children an opportunity to enjoy the company of other kids in an environment that will allow them to flourish.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Delta Dental of Kentucky was recognized by Miracle League of Louisville for their $200,000 contribution during a VIP reception at Louisville Slugger Field, to make the Delta Dental Miracle League playground a reality for kids in the community.

“As a not-for-profit organization, philanthropy and supporting the communities we serve is a core part of who we are,” said J. Jude Thompson, Delta Dental of Kentucky CEO. “Through our Making Smiles Happen initiative, we are committed to supporting programs and services in the community that enhance the quality of life in our citizens – including our children. We are thrilled to be able to partner with such a wonderful organization and fund this playground, which will help put smiles on the faces of so many kids in Louisville.”

In addition to the playground and splash-pad, the sports complex will include a baseball field that will feature a specially designed, rubberized surface designed to prevent injuries and accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other devices. It also allows sufficient cushioning to aid in injury prevention if a player were to fall. The field and dugouts will be barrier-free and completely flat. Restrooms and concession areas will also be fully inclusive for all children with disabilities.

The first Miracle League field opened in April 2000 in Conyers, Georgia, and is now in 48 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Australia. There are more than 300 Miracle Leagues across the country. Miracle League of Louisville will be the first in Kentucky.

To view renderings of this project, click here.

“Fundraising for the Miracle League of Louisville baseball field and playground is ongoing. The project is in need of in-kind support for the construction phase of the project and sponsor opportunities are also available for signage and field recognition. To learn more about being part of the Miracle League team, please contact Shawn Freibert at sfreibert@ftgclosings.com or James Breeding at jbreeding@batsbaseball.com

Miracle League of Louisville receives $55,000 grant from WHAS Crusade for Children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was announced earlier this week that the Miracle League of Louisville is one of 224 organizations to receive a grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children.

The $55,000 grant received by the Miracle League of Louisville marked the 14th largest grant.

Over $5.4 million was collected during the 64th annual telethon, thanks to generous donations from the public, agencies, hospitals, and schools across Kentuckiana.

The WHAS Crusade for Children Telethon has long been regarded as the nation’s most successful local telethon.

Other recipients included Norton Healthcare, Bellarmine University Physical Therapy Program, Uspiritus and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).

The Crusade for Children has raised more than $175 million in its 64 years with 100 percent of the donations going to help children with special needs.

WHAS Crusade for Children joins Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Louisville Bats, Dream Foundation of Kentucky, Wehr Constructors, and Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company as confirmed sponsors for the Miracle League of Louisville.

Wave 3 News – New Louisville baseball league designed for kids with disabilities

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Around 10,000 children in the Louisville area aren’t able to play baseball according to estimate, but a brand new league is fixing that.

It called Miracle League, and it’s designed for kids with disabilities.

James Breeding is a Vice President with the Louisville Bats and on the board of the group bringing Miracle League to Louisville.

“There are 276 cities with them across the United States,” Breeding said. “Louisville is actually the largest city without a Miracle League.”

He said it’s long overdue and has already gotten major backing including the leadership of University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell.

“It’s not just a baseball project,” Breeding said. “It’s a quality of life project.”

Breeding has worked with others for more than two years to help ironing out a location and the logistics behind operating the league. It’s now planned to replace one of the multiple fields at Fern Creek Park.

Read more at Wave3.com.

 

Business First Louisville – A new baseball complex is coming to Louisville

The field will have a rubberized surface for wheelchair accessibility — and a splash pad and playground.

Read more at Louisville Business First.