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Field Of Dreams built for disabled Mississippi kids

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A ballpark is being built in Ridgeland that will change the lives of disabled children across central Mississippi.

Monday, the Miracle League of Central Mississippi and Ridgeland officials held a groundbreaking for what's called a Miracle League Field.

They're converting an existing baseball field to allow handicapped and other disabled children to enjoy the sport of baseball.

"It's supposed to allow them to participate in the baseball program just as if they're any other child which is so good," said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. "We've had the challenger league for a long time, but not a field that accommodates very well."

"The field is fully accessible," said Tammy Voynik, Chairman of the Miracle League of Central Mississippi. "There's larger dugouts. It's a flat smooth surface they're able to move from base to base. They'll be matched up with an able bodied peer, it could be another child or a young adult who wants to participate and they'll help them with hitting, running the bases, moving around the field."

$385,000 was raised to build the park and it was all spearheaded by a local youth, Joseph Voynic. Voynic saw his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, sponsor a miracle field, and he wanted to bring the first of it's kind to the Magnolia State. 

"I'm really proud," said Voynik. "It's really a special feeling to see the whole community come together and help make this happen."

Construction of the Miracle League Field should be complete by next spring, making baseball dreams come true for hundreds of disabled kids in central Mississippi.

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