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DULUTH - There's a new baseball field in the Northland, but it's not
your typical everyday baseball diamond.
"There's no other baseball leagues like this so it just
gives them a chance to feel like part of a team and it's just great for them,"
said Brock Olson, Duluth’s Miracle Field Director.
It's called the Miracle League, a program designed to
provide opportunities for kids with disabilities the chance to play baseball.
"It's a very nice field and I really like it because it
gives a chance to kids for them to play baseball, including myself," said
Chase Firn, a Miracle League player from Duluth.
Construction for the Twin Ports Miracle League field began
in the fall and was completed this spring at Harrison Park in West Duluth.
the field was built, finding somewhere safe to play was a challenge.
"They’d play either at indoor turf areas or they might
play on regular baseball diamonds but it was just hard for them because kids in
wheelchairs on dirt it just didn't work out that well," said Olson.
The field is specifically designed to meet the needs of Miracle League players and parents.
"It prevents a lot of kids with motor planning issues
of tripping over things not having an even surface," said Beth Wilde, a
The Miracle League meets every Saturday, and although the
season is wrapping up, it's given these kids a chance to finally feel what it's
like to swing a bat and run the bases.
Wilde said, "It’s fun to watch everybody able to
appreciate the things that the other kids are able to do and watch them learn
from each other."
"It gives me a feeling that I can do this. I can do
this. I've been born to hit a ball," said Firn.