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Miracle League unveils Dane County field

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:33 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A one of a kind opportunity to kids with disabilities was unveiled in Cottage Grove on Wednesday.

For the first time in Dane County the Miracle League has a field to call home at Bakken Park. The Miracle League is a national organization that builds fields made out of rubber for children with disabilities to be given the same opportunity as everyone else.

Bill Schultz led the mission to bring the Miracle League to Dane County as he never got to play baseball growing up in New York because he was told his artificial leg could hurt someone in the course of a game.

So after seeing the Miracle League on TV in 2018, Schultz’s dream began by founding the Miracle League of Dane County and bringing the field and so many opportunities to children that never had it before.

“It will give these kids an opportunity to feel included and accepted. Build confidence, just have fun and make new friends.” Schultz said before the ribbon cutting in Cottage Grove on Wednesday night.

“But also it’s going to make them realize that they define their own boundary. Unless kids have an opportunity to do something, particularly with a disability, you don’t know what the possibilities are right there”.

The Miracle League of Dane County will have its official opening day on June 15th playing games at 5:30 and 7 PM. Games will be played every Tuesday and Wednesday night at those times for seven weeks through the month of July.

Schultz says the league is currently full with 100 kids signed up but looks forward to growing this local miracle in Cottage Grove to have more teams and more kids playing the sport they love.

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