Do you remember the motion picture ìField of Dreamsî starring Kevin Costner?
The famous line from that film was, ìIf you build it, they will come.î Well, that is what the Summerville Miracle League is counting on as they raise money for a new ballpark on S. Laurel Street near historic downtown.
The proposed park will host baseball games for all children despite their physical or mental disabilities. The board of directors for the league hopes to have the field ready to go by this fall, complete with grandstands, dugouts, restrooms, a concession stand and press box. It will feature all of the normal amenities that baseball fans are accustomed to, minus the cornfield.
Recently the board received a generous contribution from a local company, Showa Denko Carbon, Inc. (SDKC). Located just up the road in Ridgeville, Showa Denko Carbon is a leader in the production of ultra-high power, large diameter graphite electrodes that are sold worldwide to some steel manufacturing companies.
The $7500 gift from Showa Denko will go towards the purchase of a special turf field that is needed to host these special athletes. Wheelchairs and walkers might be an impediment on a grass field but, not at the Miracle League Field when this special surface is installed.
For more information on the league or donations, call league president Steve Hatton at 475-1180 or contact Secretary Tim Hutchison via his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Supplies, construction help and volunteers are also needed for this noble endeavor.