VIDEO: Orion Community Celebrates New Concession Stand at Miracle Field
(Orion ONTV, June 28, 2022)
Orion Township, MI – On Saturday, June 18, 2022, the Lake Orion community came out to Miracle Field for the official grand opening of the Home Plate Concession Stand, including Former Detroit Lion Lomas Brown who is a big supporter of the cause. The Concession Stand is one of many efforts that have brought the community together to support those with special needs at the custom-designed playing field.
The ballpark opened in 2019, but this season celebrates a brand-new concession stand, and the first full season since 2019. The free event included a ribbon cutting for the new concession stand, donor wall unveiling, triple header of baseball games, complimentary food, face painting, balloon art, an auction, and more.
Miracle League is Michigan’s first adaptive baseball field, providing children and adults with behavioral and physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league, boost self-esteem, make new friends, and become more than an individual with a disability. The custom-designed field incorporates a synthetic turf that accommodates walking assistance devices, handicapped accessible dugouts, restrooms, and drinking fountains. For children and adults with physical and intellectual challenges playing in the league, they are paired with able-bodied volunteer “buddies” who assist them in batting, catching, throwing, and running. Every player gets a turn at bat and in the outfield, and every child gets to cross home plate.
Recently, Easterseals Michigan received a $100,000 donation from Greg & Chris Yatooma to support Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan North Oakland. The funds directly assisted with the construction of the new “Andrea Yatooma’s Home Plate Concession Stand.” All proceeds from the concession stand will support Miracle League.
Through the donation, the Yatooma brothers hope to inspire a community match, helping Easterseals Michigan reach its fundraising goal of $165,000 to complete the project.
The public is invited to Miracle Field each Saturday to cheer on the players and join in the fun.
For more information about Easterseals Michigan’s services, please contact 1-800-75- SEALS or visit www.eastersealsmichigan.com. For additional information about The Miracle League of Michigan, please visit michiganmiracle.org.
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