Miracle League - Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball - Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

 

Miracle League - Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball

Miracle League Baseball Field opens at CNVAMC

Miracle League Baseball Field Opening

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Charlie Norwood VAMC has partnered with the Family YMCA to offer a chance to play baseball to every child in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) regardless of ability. This unique partnership will also benefit Veterans by providing a fun spectator sport for our older Veterans; a comfortable and safe playing field for adaptive baseball; and additional opportunities to increase rehabilitation and leisure skills.
 
 The sports complex includes a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players. In addition, accessible restrooms and a concession stand were included in the design.

VA rehabilitation programs will utilize the adaptive sports complex during weekdays and occasional week nights for Veterans; while the YMCA will utilize the complex during weekends and occasional week nights.  This is a great for collaboration for the community and VA, and is an example of what can be accomplished when two organizations work together for a combined cause.

“Buddies” assist Miracle League players. These buddies could be mainstream children, Veterans, or VAVS volunteers to mention a few. As a result, the parents, children and volunteers are all brought together – special needs and mainstream alike-in a program, which serves them all through service to people with special needs.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and first Miracle League Base ball Game was held on October 2, 2010.

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