Miracle Field of the Quad Cities

 

Too often, children with disabilities are on the sideline, watching their siblings and friends. The Miracle Field removes barriers and allows children with disabilities to experience the joy of play.


History

In 2014, Quad City organizations offering programs for children with disabilities saw a need for an inclusive place to play. It was decided that it made the most sense to invite members from the Quad City communities to work together and create a Quad City Miracle Field.

The design of a Miracle Field removes all barriers by utilizing special rubberized surfacing and fully accessible dugouts. All elements including the bases, home plate and pitching mounds are painted in the surface to remove any raised area. This allows full access for all children and players, regardless of abilities. A fully inclusive field is not only physically accessible to persons with disabilities, but allows a freedom to program and change community attitudes that make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to use the services available. Inclusive fields provide children of all abilities the chance to play together and create a healthy and fun environment.

Purpose

It’s more than playing a game; it is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids. With nearly one in five persons having some type of disability, a space is needed that is a completely flat with no obstacles. A space for those in wheelchairs and walkers, that allows them to be active and play alongside their friends and families.

Impact

The Miracle Field would be available to children for a wide variety of activities. However, the athletes that would see the greatest impact for use include groups such as the Davenport Challenger League, Moline Challenger, QCA Adaptive Sports and Special Olympics. Currently there are over 250 baseball players participating in Challenger Leagues. This group was created by Little League in 1989 as a league to enable boys and girls with disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball. The Miracle Field will also be designed to allow other activities such as soccer, volleyball, badminton, and beep ball to be enjoyed by athletes and children with disabilities, as well as for area tee ball players.

Chosen Location

The committee determined that Prairie Heights Park will be the perfect location for a miracle field. In addition to being highly visible and easily accessed, Prairie Heights Park provides these athletes the chance to be a part of an existing youth baseball complex and also provides space to diversify activities, if needed. This new accessible facility will allow our agencies the much needed opportunity to expand program offerings to persons with and without disabilities for the Quad Cities and surrounding communities.

A special thank you to the many people who contribute to the Miracle Field of the Quad Cities!

 



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