Miracle Field knocks it out of the park
After nearly two years of planning and fundraising, the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park opened in Findlay, Ohio. The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugural games of the Miracle League of Findlay.
The Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park is home to a miracle playground that provides individuals who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged the opportunity to enjoy a playground with sensory-stimulating activities, an extensive ramping system and a cushioned, rubberized surface. Similarly, the miracle baseball field is a custom field with a cushioned, rubberized surface that allows players with disabilities to experience the game.
Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) was deeply involved in the project from the beginning, and management, employees and retirees participated in the opening ceremonies. MPC's Marine organization hand-crafted the custom arch that serves as the entrance to the park. Employees at the company's Findlay, Ohio, headquarters donated generously, raising enough money to sponsor home plate at the field, and MPC sponsored the digital scoreboard at the field. Employees and retirees volunteered as board members, fundraisers and buddies to the new players.
MPC Chairman, President and CEO Gary Heminger spoke at the opening ceremonies, describing the project as a dream come true for the community. He also served as pitcher, along with MPC retiree Mike Peak, during the first game.
More than 350 friends and family members attended opening day, where they watched nearly 60 children play baseball for the first time.