West Michigan Miracle League hits walk off homerun, begins construction

Miracle Field Named in Memory of 16-year-old WMML board member, Nate Hurwitz

The West Michigan Miracle League announced today that it will begin construction on the specialized ball field this spring.  After a year and half of planning and fundraising, the West Michigan Miracle League, an organization that provides children with mental and physical disabilities an opportunity to experience America’s favorite pastime, has enough funds to begin construction this spring and begin to play ball in September.

The organization has been raising money to build the new Miracle Field, as a part of the Art Van Sports Complex on 10 Mile Road in Plainfield Township.  A Miracle Field features 15,000 square feet of custom-designed, rubberized turf that accommodates wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

“The community’s generous spirit throughout this process has been truly inspirational and contagious,” said Tony Comden, West Michigan Miracle League president. “We have now raised more than $600,000 in donations and pledges to the West Michigan Miracle League, allowing us to begin the construction process this month.”

The WMML Board of Directors also announced it will name the Miracle League field in memory of Nate Hurwitz, the 16-year-old WMML board member whose goal was to give disabled children a place to play baseball, a sport he loved but was never able to play. Nate, a junior at Forest Hills Eastern High School, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and had to use a wheelchair for much of his childhood. The teen passed away unexpectedly in September 2012, sparking an outpouring of support for Nate and his dream to see the Miracle Field built.  In recognition of Nate’s life and passion for Miracle League baseball, the field will be named after him.

“However, we’re not done just yet. We still have some fundraising milestones ahead of us for operating costs in future years to ensure a lifetime of experiences for these special kids,” said Comden. “And, we would like to raise some additional money to build a disability-accessible playground for both our Miracle League athletes and other children to enjoy before and after the games.”

The West Michigan Miracle League plans to have a formal ground-breaking ceremony in April and expects to celebrate its Opening Day in September 2013. Contributions to The West Michigan Miracle League can be made at www.WMML.org.

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