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