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Miracle League of MI needs help upgrading field

Posted: 6:00 PM, May 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-06 18:00:42-04

The Miracle League of Michigan is getting ready to kick off another baseball season, allowing children with special needs to play the game just like everyone else.

More than 400 kids play in the Miracle League each summer, and 7 Action News Reporter Ann Marie LaFlamme is one of the coaches.

But the special needs players require special facilities to make the Miracle League work, and that's where you can help.

The special facilities are designed for "Kids that for so long have been told, 'no, they're not able to play,' because there are no wheel chairs or walkers," Miracle League Founder Steve Peck said."So we bring them out here and we put them in Major League Baseball jerseys."

Opening Day is on June 4 for the league's 13th season. Over the years, there has been a problem with the league's Southfield facility.

According to Peck, there is only one bathroom, and it wasn't really adaptive for the children with special needs.

The solution to the problem has been a work in progress, delayed by a lack of contractors, supplies and money.

"We have some families drive an hour to get to a game, and now your child has to go to the bathroom and they don't have the facility they need to do it," Peck said.

Now, the Miracle League is asking for your help to finish the field once and for all. They want to add bathrooms and transform the concession stand to keep the experiences alive.

If you would like to donate to the Miracle League, visit michiganmiracle.org/donate