The Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association were on hand Tuesday to celebrate the completion of Miracle League of Western New York Field, a baseball field and complex designed for children with disabilities.
The Sabres, through the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association, each donated $75,000 for the construction of the complex. The completion of the complex, which is located in Grand Island’s Veterans Park, was celebrated with a one-inning baseball game with representatives of the Sabres playing alongside 40 participants of the Miracle League of WNY.
The complex will serve as the playing field for the Miracle League of WNY, the local chapter of the nationally organized Miracle League, which provides the opportunity for disabled athletes from around the country to play organized baseball. Besides a specially designed playing surface, the complex features a concession stand and bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible.
Fundraising for the field began in July 2010 and quickly attracted the attention of the Sabres, the Sabres Alumni, the town of Grand Island and several other corporate sponsors, all of whom donated time, money and resources to build the complex. Members of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Foundation were on hand in April 2011 for the groundbreaking, and construction was completed four months later, well ahead of the one to two years it usually takes for a project of this kind.
The official opening of Miracle League Field will be on Sept. 11, when the Miracle League of WNY will host an open house at the complex from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.miracleleaguewny.org.