“Every Child Deserves to Play the Game of Baseball”
A Miracle Field provides special-needs children, young adults and adults the opportunity to play the game of baseball (and other sports) on a purpose-built surface. The goal of the organization, The Miracle League of Ottawa, is to facilitate these opportunities to play baseball on a safe and more enjoyable custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries. A Field also includes wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound, visually impaired players with special needs. The complex will also include a fully accessible playground built on the same base material.
With the first field constructed in 1999, there are presently 250 Miracle League Organizations across the US and in Puerto Rico, Canada (Amhertsberg, ON) and Australia. Over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities enjoy play at Miracle League fields.
In the summer of 2012, the Champions for Ottawa Baseball and the Rotary Club of Orleans were approached by the Desrochers family from Orleans to help support a dream: a Miracle Field in the Nation’s Capital so Bryce Desrochers, a grade six student, could enjoy the game of baseball in a safe environment. Rolly and Michelle Desrochers know that sports gives their son Bryce, born with cerebral palsy, a great deal of joy. Hundreds of other “special needs” children and adults will similarly benefit.
Presently, the Miracle League of Ottawa is an incorporated non-profit with a Board of Directors and active volunteers, thanks to the support of Sonshine Families, the Rotary Club of Orleans and Progressive Waste Solutions and the Friends of the Mer Bleu Community Fund.
In the Fall of 2012, A fundraising project was launched at Place D’Orleans to construct Ottawa’s first, and Canada’s second, fully functional Miracle League program at the Notre-Dame des Champs park in Orleans to include a field, playground structure and Clubhouse with fully accessible washrooms and changerooms.
On Friday August 14, 2015, the Miracle Field of Ottawa was officially unveiled by Mayor Jim Watson, members of Council and Marie France Lalonde, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa – Orleans. The Board completed the Capital fundraising phase ($1.6M) of the vision for a Miracle Field in mid-2015 after support was received from the City of Ottawa’s Community Partnership Major Capital Program for a 50/50 share of the total project cost and other partners such as the Rotary Clubs Ottawa, JaysCare Foundation, Malhotra Family Foundation, Telus Community Fund, Kraft, The Trillium Foundation, Trinity Developments and more (for a full list please see our website).
The Miracle Field of Ottawa is about helping a very special dream come true. Our community partnerships will enable these facilities to meet the unique needs of players, and assist the Miracle League to outreach across Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec for operations in 2015 and beyond. The combined baseball field and play structure will be the first of its kind in Ottawa joining 250 other Miracle League Clubs throughout North America.
The Miracle League of Ottawa will manage Field operations in partnership with the City of Ottawa.