FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lauren Hames 407-246-3106
MAYOR DYER AND CHAIRMAN CROTTY
ANNOUNCE MIRACLE FIELD DEDICATION
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 30, 2004) – On Saturday, May 1, 2004, at 9 a.m.
Mayor Buddy Dyer will join Orange County Chairman Richard T. Crotty, Secretary
of State Glenda E. Hood, Orlando District 3 Commissioner Vicki Vargo and Orange
County District 2 Commissioner Bob Sindler in officially opening the Demetree
Miracle Field at Trotters Park.
The Miracle League organization was created in 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, when a
group of parents decided to organize a baseball game for their children with
physical disabilities and special needs. The 35 children named themselves The
Miracle League. Today, sixty-five leagues are in operation, making The Miracle
League the fastest growing baseball program for children with disabilities. The
Central Florida Miracle League was started in 2001 and is now in its third
season of play with more than 150 participants.
The field is fully accessible to children and adults. Because traditional
baseball diamonds were not designed with wheelchairs and walkers in mind, the
Miracle Field will be made of a flat rubber surface, which provides easy
Kelly Puckett, founder and president of Central Florida Miracle League,
approached the City of Orlando for financial assistance in 2003. Mayor Dyer has
honored the City’s commitment by providing $230,000 in matching funds to build a
“Field of Dreams.” With a $60,000 grant from Orange County, a generous donation
from the Demetree family of Orlando and a gift from the David Metzker Golf
Classic, the Central Florida Miracle League was able to match the $230,000. The
Demetree Miracle Field was recently completed with a total budget of $460,000.
The Demetree Miracle Field is located off of Lee Road at Trotters Park. For more
information, please visit www.cfmiracleleague.com.
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