Pabst YMCA opens 'Miracle Field' for all athletes
Charles Benson reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- There's an old saying in baseball: If you build it they will come.
That was the case for a new baseball field in Oconomowoc that gives everyone the chance to enjoy America's favorite past time.
"Miracle Field" is a story that's positively Milwaukee.
"Play Ball!" shouted Bruce Froemming.
The retired umpire from Major League Baseball helped get things started on opening day at Miracle Field. The new $1.3 million facility is at the Pabst YMCA in Oconomwoc.
Brock Mealer provided some of the day's inspiration. He suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a car accident but beat the odds that he would never walk again.
He believes Miracle Field will help others overcome their challenges.
"To see them go out there and just the pure joy they have encourages me and I think encourages all of us with whatever we are doing with our lives," said Mealer.
Special Olympians love Miracle Field. It gives them a chance to play on a flat rubber surface; allowing special athletes to move with greater freedom and safety.
Bob Denman knows there would be no field without a huge community team effort to make it happen.
"It's a passion," said Denman, CEO of the Pabst YMCA. "It's an enjoyment. It's right there, it's not about me. Look at all the smiles on the faces. It's worth it."