Challenger “Miracle Field”

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Supporters of Challenger Baseball are working to construct a “Miracle Field” in Webster.

Ron Kampff, who is helping lead the charge, and wheelchair athlete Joe Slaski discussed the initiative Friday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Challenger Baseball gives youth and young adult athletes who have physical and cognitive impairments the opportunity play baseball with the assistance of a buddy at the plate, on the bases and in the field.  The annual Challenger Baseball World Series will be held this Saturday, June 20 at Frontier Field in Rochester.

Kampff is part of a committee trying to bring a “Miracle Field” to Webster, built and designed specifically for Challenger athletes.  The field is a rubberized surface conducive to wheelchairs and walkers.  It would be able to host baseball games and other sporting activities as well.  Slaski said the “Miracle Field” would open up a world of opportunity for all kinds of disabled athletes.  He played on a similar field in the New York City area a couple of years ago, but there are none currently in the greater Rochester area.

Kampff says fundraising for the $1.2 million project is progressing.  The field itself will cost about $850,000.  Kampff also envisions a barrier free playground, concession stand and ADA compliant bathrooms.  To help raise funds for the project, a “Miracle Field 5K” will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. beginning at the Willink Middle School on Publisher Parkway in Webster and concluding at the Webster Town Hall.  To register, visit www.challenger5K.eventbrite.com.

To learn more about the Challenger Miracle Field and how you can contribute to its construction, visit the Rochester Miracle Field website, click here.

As part of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, Slaski is also helping organize the ADA Softball Extravaganza at Rochester’s Cobbs Hill Park on June 27.  You can join the Center for Disability Rights and Regional Center for Independent Living for a day of softball and a cookout from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the free event.

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