Miracle League World Series inspires all

by Jim Tabaka
Special to Sun Thisweek
Dakota County Tribune

VFW Post 210 Lakeville members Rod Vredenberg, Sid Johnson, Jim Tabaka and Marc Anderson presented the colors at the South Metro Miracle League Field at King Park on July 15. Photo submitted.
David Ford receives his medal from Michael Bohnert. Also pictured is Tom Smith, owner of Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, and David’s mother, Cindy. Photo submitted.
Cooper Dockendorf at bat, assisted by Jonathon Lubich, Midwest Fence employee, and Michael Bohnert, Brackett’s Crossing Country Club. Photo submitted.

The seventh annual Miracle League World Series game was held July 15 at King Park in Lakeville. The event was hosted by Miracle League sponsors Brackett’s Crossing Country Club and Midwest Fence and included local police and fire departments and a color guard ceremony by Lakeville VFW Post 210.

The South Metro Miracle League provides opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities the chance to play baseball in an organized league. Fundraising for initial field construction started in 2007, and the field was constructed in 2011. In that year the league was represented by 24 players and a handful of volunteers. This year the league consists of 130 Miracle League players, 24 coaches and over 500 youth traveling and house baseball players that help these kids play in a game. These buddies traveled as far as River Falls, Wisconsin, just to help out.

The business community has wrapped its arms around the program though team sponsorships, with volunteer coaches and all kinds of fun fundraising programs to keep the program funded and player costs down. These programs have made it possible for us to work jointly with the city of Lakeville to construct the handicapped accessible playground next to the Miracle League field. It also made it possible for us to add lighting, which makes it possible for league expansion without having to construct another field.

Although the summer league has come to an end, the fall league will start about a week after school starts. Feel free to stop by and watch a game, we play on Thursday nights and Saturdays for about five weeks in the fall.

Jim Tabaka is an owner of Midwest Fence and a member of the Lakeville VFW Post 210 color guard. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.