Future Location:
Bakken Park
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
Opening Day: Spring 2021

CHANNEL 3000 – Inclusive baseball diamond coming to Cottage Grove

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. – There’s a new, inclusive baseball diamond under construction in Cottage Grove.

The Miracle League of Dane County is creating the little-league size diamond at Bakken Park. It’s specifically designed for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Volunteers will help players navigate it.

So far the groundwork for the field is complete, and there’s a second phase of construction planned for the spring.

“One of the things that’s great about this is it allows kids with disabilities to experience the game of baseball,” said Bill Schultz, Executive Director of the Miracle League of Dane County. “But it’s more than just baseball – it’s an opportunity for kids to be included in something, be encouraged and build their self-confidence.”

Schultz says it’s also an opportunity for volunteers to interact with children who inspire them, and for parents to see their children experience joy, laughter and fun.

Fundraising for the project has been going on for about a year, and the Miracle League has almost reached their goal. There’s a matching gift happening now for up to $120,000.

Opening day is scheduled for the beginning of June. Updates about how to register for the league will be posted online in the winter at danecountymiracleleague.org.

Miracle League coming to Dane County (by Neil Heinen, Editorial Director of WISC-TV & Channel 3000.com)

Miracle League coming to Dane County (by Neil Heinen, Editorial Director of WISC-TV & Channel 3000.com)

MADISON, Wis. — The Miracle League is coming to Dane County and we are looking forward to it.

The Miracle League is a national organization that helps communities build baseball fields and programs designed specifically for children with disabilities. There are over 300 Miracle Leagues in the country all locally managed and independently financed.

Bill Schultz is the executive director of the Miracle League of Dane County. Schultz gets it. Living with physical disabilities as a child he experienced first hand the barriers to playing baseball, a game he loves. The Miracle League removes those barriers enabling children with disabilities, both physical and cognitive, to play ball, feel included and accepted and build self-confidence.

Schultz is raising money to get the nonprofit up and running on a parcel of land that’s been donated in Cottage Grove. He’s got a good start but could use some help. It’s a great project. The website is www.Danecountymiracleleague.Org.

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This week in the booth, Jonathon sits down with Bill Schultz, executive director of The Miracle League of Dane County, to talk about his mission to make baseball accessible to every child.
You can check out The Miracle League here: www.danecountymiracleleague.com/