Kiwanis Club leads charge in bringing Miracle League to Charlotte

Compelled by a presentation made at last year’s Kiwanis International Conference, members of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club are pushing forward with plans to bring a Miracle League ballpark and playground to Charlotte. However, the task is no small undertaking. “It’s about a $1 million project for the softball field, climbing equipment and concession stands,” said Dan Vanderstelt, Charlotte Kiwanis Club president. “This is going to take every club and every citizen to make this happen.” The Miracle League was created to allow children with mental or physical abilities to be able to experience the game of baseball. Miracle League fields are constructed utilizing a rubberized turf that allows for wheelchairs, crutches and other assistive devices to navigate all areas freely. “When you look at how many thousands of dollars we put into regular fields, it’s time to put some money towards something like this with our athletic park,” Vanderstelt said. Vanderstelt is leading the effort to put together a board of directors for the potential league, which would identify a location for the potential field and playground in addition to putting a fundraising plan in place. He said the group of individuals currently discussing the project identified the park being constructed this spring by the Charlotte Area Recreation Cooperative as a potential building site. “It’s one suggestion that we have had that really makes sense,” he said. In addition...

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