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Park Bench
Miracle League
Picture this: The sun is shining, the ballfield is ready, the crowd is cheering,
and teams are in place and ready to play! But this is not your average baseball
game. Through a homerun of a partnership with the Miracle League of
Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Gardens Recreation Department in
Florida, children of all abilities are now able to truly experience their baseball
dreams at the new Palm Beach Gardens Miracle League baseball field
located at Gardens Park baseball complex.
Several years ago, the Miracle League of Palm Beach County began
looking to expand its area of service as interest and participation had rapidly
grown due to the tremendous success of their programs. The Miracle
League, founded in 2005 by Julia and Jeff Kadel, has long provided baseball
and cheerleading opportunities for children with special needs. Meanwhile,
in 2018, the City of Palm Beach Gardens was in the process of redeveloping
some park space. As mutual interests aligned, conversations to unite the City
of Palm Beach Gardens and the Miracle League of Palm Beach County as
partners began, noting that the partnership would provide the ability to add
new amenities to the city's award-winning park and recreation department.
By April 2020, construction of the
project was complete and included
two synthetic turf baseball fields with oversized dugouts to accommodate
athletes who use walkers, or wheelchairs, or who are visually impaired. After a
temporary break in operation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the
Miracle League was finally able to take the field! The inaugural Miracle League
Season was played in October 2020, with effective safety protocols in place.
The partnership between the Miracle League of Palm Beach County and
the City of Palm Beach Gardens culminated in a Grand Opening celebration
on February 25, 2021. The night was highlighted by the unveiling of the
" High Five " statue, sculpted by Colorado artist George Lundeen. The statue
beautifully represents the Miracle League's mission to serve all children by
building a more inclusive community through the game of baseball. Following
the dedication ceremony hosted by Palm Beach Gardens Mayor
Carl Woods and the rest of the city council, the Miracle League held its
first Opening Ceremony. Each participant was announced and celebrated
as they took the field, which has become a heartwarming tradition for each
game hereafter.
The Miracle League, founded in 2005 by Julia
and Jeff Kadel, has long provided baseball and
cheerleading opportunities for children with
special needs.
Children of all abilities are able to experience their
baseball dreams at the new Palm Beach Gardens
Miracle League baseball field located at Gardens
Park baseball complex.
The city is proud to establish partnerships that enhance the lives of local
children and families by providing sports facilities that host a variety of inclusive
programs. From the beginning, it was clear the Miracle League's mission
to enrich, expand and diversify lives clearly aligned with the city's values to
offer diverse programming opportunities for all community members.
Partnerships like this not only enrich the community we serve and the
children who participate, but also enrich our experience as recreators.
- Daniel Prieto, Deputy Leisure Services Administrator, City of Palm Beach Gardens
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