Opening Day Ceremony - August 20, 2011

If You Build It, They Will Come…

Miracle League of Plymouth Announces Opening Day August 20th


PLYMOUTH, Mich.— August 4, 2011 —Three years after the dream became a vision and the vision became a plan, and three months after the shovels hit the ground, the Miracle League of Plymouth is ready to welcome players and their families to the field. On August 20, 2011, the Miracle League of Plymouth will celebrate Opening Day of the special needs ballpark, located at 357 Theodore in Plymouth, Mich.


“From day one, we looked to the ‘Field of Dreams’ for inspiration,” said development co-chair, Bob Bilkie. “Our special needs community needed a place to play, and we have accomplished that with the opening of the Bilkie Family Field at the Miracle League of Plymouth.”


Opening Day will allow the players and their families an opportunity to visit the field and take a lap around the bases. The Detroit Tigers Foundation’s concession stand will be open, serving the baseball staples, along with Miracle League of Plymouth flags.


“This is a dream come true, and we could not have done it without the support of our local communities,” said League Commissioner, Deb Madonna. “The Miracle League of Plymouth represents the best qualities of this community – the hard work, dedication, and loyalty. This is a celebration three years in the making.”


The Miracle League of Plymouth will support at least two teams for the inaugural season, with the first game to be held on August 27th.


We are very excited for the Miracle League of Plymouth's Opening Day,” said Kelly Hermann, mother of one of the players. “Children like Maggie do not get the opportunity to play regular sports, and this field will give her that chance.  As a parent I could not ask for a greater gift than to see the beaming smile on her face when she gets to do this. She is so incredibly excited to ‘run’ the bases, just like her brother.”


The Miracle League organization was founded in 1998 in Rockdale, Georgia. There are now more than 250 leagues throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, servicing more than one million special needs children. The Miracle League of Plymouth will service families of Western-Wayne County, providing an opportunity for special needs children to engage in athletic activities. The Miracle League of Plymouth will support a fall season and a spring season. Registration closes on August 9, 2011 for the fall league. The Miracle League of Plymouth was established by the Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M.





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Ashley M. Bilkie, Marketing and Media Relations