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Opelika Miracle Field Breaks Ground

Opelika's Miracle Field broke ground Wednesday. It's a place where special needs children can play baseball. The field will serve children and adults from all across east Alabama and west Georgia.

With a little help from some special baseball players, the ground was broken on the Billy Hitchcock Miracle Field. It's a place where special needs kids of all ages can play America's past time.

"We're building the world's largest accessible baseball field. It's going to be completely rubberized out here. We're going to have accessible playgrounds, bathrooms, press boxes, bleachers," said Jim Rew, Miracle League committee.

Instead of sticking up, the bases and lines will be painted on the field.

"They can glide along, whether they're in wheelchairs, or on crutches. They can have a chance to play some baseball," Rew said.

For some families, the Challenger League and Miracle Field opened their eyes to opportunities many take for granted.

"I think this is opening up a lot of doors for kids in this area. There's a lot more need for things like this I personally didn't know about," said Tim Jennings, whose son, Brett, plays for the Challenger League.

With about $200,000 left to raise for the project, even kids like Danielle Tadych have been working overtime to make the field a reality.

"We've had a concert. We have been everywhere, and we've done everything we can," Tadych said.

The Billy Hitchcock Miracle Field is located at field eight inside West Ridge Park in Opelika. The field will be torn apart beginning Thursday, and they hope to finish it by the fall baseball season.

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