“When a parent loses a child, you always think about what could have been and missed opportunities. Words could never express my gratitude to the special needs baseball team that gave my son the ability to actually live one of his dreams.”
Amanda Sparrin, Bryson’s mom
“This field will be a welcome addition to the Greater Rochester community and provide a place for all of us to come together to cheer on athletes of all abilities.”
Carmen Gumina, Superintendent, Webster Central School District
“Challenger Miracle Field will be a place where disability doesn’t matter…sending a message that we all belong and we all matter.”
Drew Bielemeier, Senior VP of Operations, Heritage Christian Services
“Our area prides itself on being an inclusive community that strives for the betterment of all residents. Challenger Baseball provides lasting memories to over 400 local children and their families, a number that will continue to grown with a dedicated field built especially for people with special needs.”
Rich Funke, New York State Senator, 55th District
“Challenger Miracle Field is the exact type of venue that can provide what our over 200 families need…accessibility, safety, convenience, and a place to call their own.”
Chris Tumminelli, Past President, Flower City Down Syndrome Network
“The construction of a new Miracle Field would be an incredible addition to our entire community. It will provide Challenger players in our area their very own ‘Field of Dreams’.”
Dan Mason, General Manager, Rochester Red Wings
“The need for a Miracle Field is so incredibly high so that we can, as a community, maximize the quality of life experiences for disabled children in our region…creating a venue which removes physical barriers to competing in the sporting experience.
Donna M. Dedee, President and CEO, Holy Childhood
“We are looking forward to having a facility for all children. There is a huge need to provide a facility and high quality programming for children with more significant disabilities.”
Jen Hackett, President, Camp Puzzle Peace
“Children and adults with disabilities are too often left on the sidelines watching their peers without disabilities play sports. We truly need this field in order to meet the needs of all people!”
Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Professor of Adapted Physical Education, The College at Brockport
“More facilities and more interaction between kids with and without special needs will make having a disability the norm rather than the exception.”
Steve Pellow, District 4 Challenger Coordinator
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