The Miracle League baseball field, inspired by Wright State University film student William Crotty, has become a powerful magnet for young players with disabilities and an important rallying site for their families.
The field, located on the grounds of Springboro Junior High School, opened in September 2009.
Miracle Leagues play on custom-designed fields that feature cushioned, rubberized surfaces to help prevent injuries. Flat surfaces (no raised bases or pitching mounds) and no infield dirt eliminate barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.
The Springboro field also features dugouts, bleachers, a concession stand and even baseball-headed Homer the Mascot.
As many as 10 teams have been using the field and play on Saturdays. Each player has a “buddy,” who helps him or her bat and get around the bases if necessary. The players range in age from 4 through adult. For young kids, there are plastic bats and oversized balls.