More than a year after the idea was birthed to construct a wheelchair-accessible press box at Saul Alexander Park—the site of Summerville Miracle League’s whiffle ball games—the newest amenity was officially unveiled to the community.
“We’re certainly very excited about the press box,” said Michael Lisle, league board member. “We had talked for some time about needing something like that as a way for helping improve the game day experience.”
Leadership Dorchester’s 2018 class cut the ribbon on the completed structure during a special ceremony on Saturday. Last year, the league presented its budgetary needs to the class, instrumental in carrying out the project—a roughly $27,000 price tag including cash and in-kind donations.
“The whole project really ended up being serendipitous,” said Michael Lisle, league board member. “It was well done; I think they did a fantastic job.”
Since 2009, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce has annually hosted a leadership class, comprised of community members wishing to learn more about the area where they live, work and play.
“I think we are all grateful to have the Leadership Dorchester experience and with such an amazing and diverse group of people,” said Nancy McKewen, 2018 class member.
After hearing multiple requests from different local organizations, the class chose to focus its charitable efforts on the league’s local chapter.
“There’s no doubt that we made the right choice in selecting our project,” said Roger Dangerfield, also from the 2018 leadership group. “Helping make dreams come true for the participants of the Miracle League was a blast. I hope they get to enjoy it for many years to come.”
Prior to having the box, Lisle said game announcers were forced to sit behind home plate, “blocked from some of the action.” The box will now offer announcers a complete view of the games.
But that’s not the only benefit of the elevated space. Lisle said the goal is to eventually put a camera in the box to broadcast live competitions so players’ out-of-state friends and relatives can also watch.
The league, for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, is in its 11th year in Flowertown and receives participation from 200-plus individuals ages 4 to 70s. The league offers a “major” team for adults and “minor” team for youth.
The class also helped install Wi-Fi throughout the park.
For more information on Summerville Miracle League, visit its website .