New Louisville baseball league designed for kids with disabilities

New Louisville baseball league designed for kids with disabilities
James Breeding (Source: WAVE 3 News)
James Breeding (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Around 10,000 children in the Louisville area aren't able to play baseball according to estimate, but a brand new league is fixing that.

It called Miracle League, and it's designed for kids with disabilities.

James Breeding is a Vice President with the Louisville Bats and on the board of the group bringing Miracle League to Louisville.

"There are 276 cities with them across the United States," Breeding said. "Louisville is actually the largest city without a Miracle League."

He said it's long overdue and has already gotten major backing including the leadership of University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell.

"It's not just a baseball project," Breeding said. "It's a quality of life project."

Breeding has worked with others for more than two years to help ironing out a location and the logistics behind operating the league. It's now planned to replace one of the multiple fields at Fern Creek Park.

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"Louisville doesn't have a field where kids with disabilities can safely play, and when you tell people that they're shocked and then really excited that we can bring this here," Breeding said. 

Renderings reveal what the field would look like. Instead of grass and dirt, it has a smooth, soft surface.

"It's inclusive for wheelchairs, walkers and basically designed to safely accommodate any child with any disability," Breeding said. "The field is designed to be completely smooth to have a softer surface to accommodate falls."

Besides the funding for the field, the league needs volunteers. 

"Every kid that plays is going to have a buddy so if we have 300 kids, we're going to need 300 buddies," Breeding said. "That's where we're going to ask the community for help."

Breeding said it's as rewarding for the players as the volunteers. 

"The bond that's built between buddies and the players is pretty unbelievable," Breeding said. "This is for kids who have never be able to play baseball before in their life because they can't and now they can, so it's a big deal."

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The league estimates 250 to 300 children will participate in the first season and start play in spring of 2018.

The group still needs to raise around $2 million. You can donate on the league's website by clicking here

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