The Miracle League of Southwestern PA

Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play

CTCC-MLSWPA Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2015

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Bruce Mazzoni, CTCC, 724-776-4806 x1103

Mike Sherry, Miracle League, 412-310-2378

Cranberry Township Community Chest announces 2016 Project of the Year:

Miracle League Resurfacing and Playground

Two important enhancements to the Miracle League ballfield at the Dick?s Sporting Goods Sportsplex in Graham Park are the focus of Cranberry Township Community Chest?s 2016 Project of the Year.

In the first, CTCC has teamed up with Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania to rebuild the surface of the League?s special needs ball field in Graham Park.? The second is to create a new baseball-themed playground right next to the Miracle League diamond.

Over the past six years, hundreds of children and adults, including many with serious disabilities, have played organized baseball on its specially engineered field.? Every aspect of the field?s design, as well as the rules of the game themselves, has been adapted to provide a great baseball experience for all, including individuals with special needs.

Due to its texture, however, the ballfield?s resilient surface, originally built in 2009, is susceptible to deterioration from exposure to weather.? Renewing and replacing that surface would be done in time for the spring 2017 season.

The second part of the project involves the construction of a new, inclusive playground immediately adjacent to the baseball field.? The playground?s design features two baseball-themed play areas, outfitted with an assortment of playground furnishings to be determined by public input, including suggestions solicited from pupils in local schools.? The two areas will be linked by a walkway lined with interpretive signs.? The playground would be ready for use by the summer of 2016.

The joint CTCC-Miracle League fundraising effort will officially kick off during Community Days, July 9 through 11.? That event is expected to generate approximately $100,000 toward the project?s $600,000 goal.? A Seneca Valley High School 12-hour Raiderthon dance has already raised $20,000 for the?project.? Fun Fore All will donate $1 for every weekday round of miniature golf between July 9 and August 31.? All proceeds from the Community Chase 5k Race on July 11 will go toward the project, as will all the parking donations collected during Community Days.

The balance of CTCC?s community-wide campaign will get underway this fall, patterned after the highly successful 2013 campaign to raise money for Community Park?s Kids Castle.? A parallel fundraising effort which includes foundations outside of Cranberry, will be undertaken by Miracle League.