Olathe will soon be home to one of four adaptive baseball fields in the Greater Kansas City area. Located at the Olathe Public Schools’ College Boulevard Activities Complex (CBAC) it will become the home of The Miracle League of Olathe program.
The Miracle League of Olathe formed in 2004, with a vision of offering children of all abilities the chance to play baseball. In 2013 the league will have an official home field thanks to a unique community partnership that brings together community organizations, private business and professional sports.
Olathe Medical Center, will donate $125,000 to the project. Olathe Public Schools is donating the land, and Olathe Parks and Recreation will operate the league. Strickland Construction will assist in the construction of the field. These original partners are joined by other community organizations such as Hollis and Miller, Payne and Brockway, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Royals Charities, Variety of Kansas City and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation who have all come forward with financial and fundraising support.
“To bring the community together for such a unique project is what Olathe is about,” said Eric Hughes, Miracle League Board President. “This is the right project at the right time and we are thrilled to partner with our local community, the Royals Charities, Variety of KC and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.”
The field is scheduled to begin construction this summer with a fall 2013 completion. The goal is to throw the first pitch during the spring 2014 season. Funds are still needed to complete the project. Contact Olathe Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan at 780-8037 for more information.