ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - A celebratory Miracle Field Fete is planned for April 29 at The Arbor Loft in Rochester.
Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester Board President Ron Kampff and Challenger Baseball mom and coach Amanda Sparrin discussed the event and progress toward the completion of the Miracle Field in Webster Friday on News 8 at Sunrise.
"A fete is a celebration, and this is exactly what we are celebrating," said Kampff. "The Challenger Miracle Field is under construction. We still need to raise money and keep things going."
A fundraising update is planned for the night of the event. "I've had donations of a dollar, all the way up to thirty-five thousand dollars!" Kampff said. "It's been an amazing journey."
For Sparrin and her son Bryson, being a part of Challenger Baseball was life changing. "We moved to Rochester in 2010," she explained. "We moved from North Carolina, and we were really looking for something for my son to be involved in. I researched and found the Challengers. At this time, we lived in Webster. We were able to meet Ron and all the coaches and everyone that was involved with it. I remember our first day going and my son feeling like, oh, my gosh, this is a team and it's for me. Everyone is like me. It was amazing. Unfortunately, my son did pass away in 2013, but he had three great seasons with the Challengers. It wasn't just a team to go on and play on a Sunday. It became a family."
After Sparrin's son passed away, the following year the team played in his memory. She has since become the team's coach. A Miracle Field, she says, would do more than provide a place to play. "It's going to be an amazing experience to be able to have something we can call our own," Sparrin said. "Where the field is located, there's other fields around it. When they go, they're going to see other players. We're not going to be secluded in an area. Everyone is going to be together. To go as a family to experience your child or relative playing on a field that is specifically made for them -- they can call it their own -- then we go forward. Our goal is to also build a barrier-free playground. It's not just for children that have different abilities, but for families. It can be an older parent, or a family member that has a disability, that can still go and play with their children on the playground."
As construction continues on the Miracle Field, there is still a need for more funding. To learn more about this community project, how you can get involved, and for tickets to the Miracle Field Fete - a great way to support and learn more - click here.