Sports complex for people with disabilities comes to Murrysville
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
A “miracle” came to Murrysville this year.
The Bill Mazeroski Miracle Field opened in the fall after more than six years of planning and fundraising. The multisport Rotary Miracle Sports Complex that houses the field enables children and adults with disabilities to play softball, basketball and other sports. Walking trails around the complex, which is in Murrysville Community Park, are accessible to people with disabilities.
The field features a rubberized surface that enables players of all ages to get around the bases. During each game, every player will have an opportunity to score a run and get on base. Players work with volunteer buddies throughout the game.
The UPMC Freegame Court at the complex has a similar surface to the softball field. It's unique to the Murrysville complex.
But work is not complete. Organizers were $400,000 short of the money needed to finish the concession-stand area when the complex opened in September. Since then, it has received several donations, including the proceeds from the annual FLASH Turkey Bowl in Murrysville and a $10,000 grant from Standard Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of Standard Bank.
Organizer Harold Hicks said members of the group also wants to add a playground area to the complex.
The Murrysville-Export Rotary Club raised more than $1 million for the project since 2006.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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