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Sports complex for people with disabilities comes to Murrysville

Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star - Sarha Quinn, Kassi Poliziani and Charlie Osborn round the bases during the grand opening of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex of Murrysville on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. The ceremonies were originally planned for the previous Saturday, but were postponed due to heavy rains wind.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>   Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star</em></div>Sarha Quinn, Kassi Poliziani and Charlie Osborn round the bases during the grand opening of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex of Murrysville on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. The ceremonies were originally planned for the previous Saturday, but were postponed due to heavy rains wind.
Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star - From left, George O'Donnell, Georgie O'Donnell and Bill Mazeroski share the duties of throwing out the first pitch during the grand opening of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex of Murrysville on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>   Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star</em></div>From left, George O'Donnell, Georgie O'Donnell and Bill Mazeroski share the duties of throwing out the first pitch during the grand opening of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex of Murrysville on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star - Lee Tempet and Matt Ramsey play basketball at the sports complex on Sept. 15, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>   Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star</em></div>Lee Tempet and Matt Ramsey play basketball at the sports complex on Sept. 15, 2012.
Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star - Dawn Gipson at bat. The weather cooperated on Saturday, September 15 and The Grand Opening of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex of Murrysville was held. The ceremonies were originally planned for the previous Saturday, but were postponed due to heavy rains wind.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Aaron Loughner | For The Murrysville Star</em></div>Dawn Gipson at bat.  The weather cooperated on Saturday, September 15 and The Grand Opening of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex of Murrysville was held.  The ceremonies were originally planned for the previous Saturday, but were postponed due to heavy rains wind.

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
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 dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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