The Miracle League of Indian Trail, NC, Inc. History
In June 2014 Andi Matysek, the mother of a Carolina Storm adult wheelchair softball player, asked the Town of Indian Trail if they would build a wheelchair accessible baseball field in the town’s new Crooked Creek park.
The Carolina Storm has been forced to practice on asphalt parking lots and travel great distances to accessible ball fields, the closest 2-3 hours away.
A group of citizen volunteers heard their request and decided to take it upon themselves to raise the money to build an accessible baseball field and playground for children and adults with disabilities.
We joined The Miracle League, a national organization that has assisted over 270 groups build safe, rubberized surface Miracle League fields and playgrounds.
After learning more about the needs of individuals with disabilities we wanted our facilities to be accessible AND inclusive.
Our field will be one of several ball fields in the new park, not a stand alone or isolated facility; and our playground will be designed to provide the opportunity for children with disabilities to play alongside their able-bodied siblings and friends.
Initial fundraising will help us pay for the equipment and construction of the facilities, with an anticipated Fall 2017 Opening Day. Further fundraising will be needed to maintain the ongoing baseball league operations.
But just as important are the volunteer opportunities. Currently, we need volunteers who can help us with fundraising, publicity, financial and league operation tasks, as well as an attorney, CPA and contractor to help with corporate tasks.
As we approach the building stage we will be recruiting volunteer coaches, umpires, announcers and volunteer ‘buddies’ for the children’s league. Each child will have a ‘buddy’ escort them around the bases as their family and friends sit in the stands and cheer them on to home plate.
Every child hits the ball, every inning ends in a run, every game ends in a tie and everyone wears a smile.
On the other hand, the adult wheelchair league is very competitive, striving to win to play in the National Wheelchair Softball Association tournaments and World Series.
Now, as a recently approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, our goal is to raise a million dollars to construct these accessible, safe facilities.
We are well on our way as long time Indian Trail resident, Donna Rushing Hosaflook, publicly pledged her family would donate $250,000 for naming rights to the field to honor her father, the late Leroy Rushing, one of Indian Trail’s founders who significantly contributed to the development of our Town.
In November 2014 Andi had a full circle moment when, representing The Miracle League of Indian Trail, NC, Inc. she thanked the Town of Indian Trail for passing a resolution making land available for us to build our field and playground in Crooked Creek Park.
We hope you will consider being part of our Miracle League team too with a financial and/or volunteer contribution.