On behalf of the Recreation Department and the Miracle League of Alexandria, we would also like to thank Dick Bosman, former major league baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators, for reaching out to the Miracle League players to participate in the baseball clinic on Wednesday, August 10 at the Kelley Cares Miracle League Field. The children had a wonderful time participating in the baseball drills and having fun playing baseball with Mr. Bosman, Alexandria Police Officer Moore, other fellow police officers, Bill Rivers and recreation staff who assisted with the clinic. We are thrilled Mr. Bosman had a chance to meet and greet our and the Therapeutic Recreation/Miracle League Program participants. They were honored to have Mr. Bosman visit their home field at the Kelley Cares Miracle Field. Thank you Mr. Bosman for such a wonderful day and let us know if you would ever like to come back again for a visit.
From alexandrianews.org Courage to Live Big Mural Provides Inspiration by Katie Smythe
From the Gazette Packet front page Live Big
From NBCWashington Mural to Be Unveiled at Kelley Cares Miracle Field
Video of dedication event created by Kevin Cstll
We are excited to unveil our newest addition to the Kelley Cares Miracle Field this Saturday! The mural was inspired by the Courage Wall, a project launched last year by Alexandria resident and business owner Nancy Belmont. Artist Matt Corrado created a vibrant design with the words, “Courage to Live BIG.”
Saturday Event Program (pdf)
The colorful, larger-than-life art will face the Kelley Cares Miracle Field. The Theme of the wall – the Courage to Live Big – particularly applies to the special needs players in the Miracle League Program. Every day, they show the courage to face life’s challenges and keep moving forward.
The project will be the city’s first long-standing interactive mural, with chalkboard space for participants in the City of Alexandria Therapeutic Recreation Program to write and draw, adding their contributions in colorful chalk. The Therapeutic Recreation youth and adults inspired the portion of the mural reading “Time to Play!” A cluster of hand prints from participants in the program illustrates the power of diversity in building unity.
The project will be unveiled on Saturday, April 23 at 12:30PM, just before the season’s first Miracle League baseball game. The unveiling will be a family-friendly celebration of courage, featuring a performance by the Rainbow Rock Band, a mindfulness moment by the Mindful Junkie, Gina Rollo White, reflections on courage by Therapeutic Recreation participants and a cookout featuring Southblock juices. The public is encouraged to attend the unveiling and stay for the game.
The mural is a true community partnership, with funds and brainpower contributed by the City of Alexandria, Kelley Cares Foundation, Miracle League of Alexandria, lululemon Alexandria, #WeLiveBig, Gravitate Solutions and Jen Walker the Realtor for Del Ray & Beyond.
Read the PRESS RELEASE
The Miracle League of Alexandria, the Kelley Cares Foundation, the City of Alexandria, lululemon, and others in the community have combined their resources to have an artist paint a mural on the support building at the Kelley Cares Miracle Field. The mural will highlight the courage of our players in playing sports and just living their lives. It’ll incorporate their own artwork, along with the concepts of artist Matt Corrado and creator Nancy Belmont.
There will be an unveiling of the mural at the opening game of the adult Spring 2016 season on April 23rd. More details to follow. And follow this site for updates on the actual painting of the mural!!