McALLEN – As City of McAllen construction projects continue to roll along, a ground breaking ceremony was held for an all-inclusive baseball field, the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Miracle Field will be constructed at the McAllen Youth Baseball Complex and will be funded by a grant by H-E-B Tournament of Champions.
“Baseball is America's pastime and we look forward to seeing children of every ability, playing on this field together with their families, the community in McAllen and beyond,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said.
Through a donation acknowledgment to the city, the Rio Grande Valley Community Foundation received $150,000 from H-E-B to support the full installation which will include a latex free rubber floor with inlaid lines multipurpose field, focused specifically on accommodating children with disabilities.
Aside from featuring specialized surface for the convenience of wheelchairs and walkers, the field will have accessible dugouts and bleachers. The Capable Kids Foundation, which specializes in addressing special needs individuals, currently provides baseball programs for youth with disabilities and has access to the 11 original fields at the McAllen Youth Baseball Complex until the Miracle Field is completed.
The Miracle Field will have the capacity to host multiple tournaments and recreational events simultaneously.
“H-E-B Tournament of Champions is honored and proud to support a much-needed inclusive field that will serve families living with disabilities across the Rio Grande Valley,” Senior Manager for H-E-B Public Affairs Linda Tovar said. “We believe that when youth with disabilities can fully participate alongside peers without disabilities, they have an opportunity to gain skills, experiences, demonstrate their capabilities and change attitudes.”