Here are a number of the questions that we get asked most about the Field. The answers will give you a good idea of what it is and what it does. If you get a chance, come out to 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA and see the Field in person.
What is a Miracle Field? It is a synthetic turf baseball diamond designed specifically for use by individuals with special needs. The surface is entirely covered in a rubber-like compound that allows a firm, yet cushioned surface for wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
Who does it serve? The main focus is to allow youth and adult individuals with special needs the ability to play baseball or softball. Given the nature of the field, it can also be used by seniors for softball and kickball and by other youngsters for T-ball.
What is it called? The official name is the Kelley Cares Miracle Field. It is named after Kelley Swanson who worked tirelessly to help special needs kids. When she passed away after high school graduation, her family created the Kelley Cares Foundation to honor her memory. The Kelley Cares Foundation is a full partner in The Miracle League of Alexandria.
When did it open? The Kelley Cares Miracle Field was dedicated in November 2012. It was the result of a collaborative effort that started in 2010.
What did it cost? The completed field cost approximately $600,000. The city provided $285,000 and the private sector provided over $300,000.
Where did the private sector money come from? Donations were received from individuals, local businesses, charitable foundations, and trade associations.
Where is it located? At the Lee Center at 1108 Jefferson St. Alexandria, VA 22314, where there is ready access to handicapped accessible parking and restroom facilities.
Are there similar fields elsewhere in the country? Yes, there are 120 completed fields throughout the country, including Manassas Park.
Who to contact if you have questions? The two principal contacts are Mac Slover, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, Sports Division, at 703-746-5407, and Bill Rivers, Chair, Miracle League of Alexandria, at 703-683-6526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What now? The Miracle League of Alexandria will continue to work with the Kelley Cares Foundation and the City of Alexandria in support of the special needs community.