The construction of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex in Murrysville, PA, is nearing its completion and the centerpiece of the new facility will be the Bill Mazeroski Miracle Field. The field, which was officially named in honor of the Pirates' Hall of Fame second baseman and long-time Westmoreland County resident during ceremonies that took place on June 27, will be the home of the new Miracle League of Western Pennsylvania.
Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pirates, joined the Rotary Club of Murrysville-Export and the Municipality of Murrysville to support the construction of the Rotary Miracle Sports Complex. The Bill Mazeroski Miracle Field, which is the fourth Miracle League field in the greater Pittsburgh region that Pirates Charities has played a vital role in constructing, will allow children with special needs to realize their dream of playing baseball -- many for the first time -- and develop relationships with their peers and coaches. The field will be unique since it will be large enough to accommodate disabled adults as well. The grand opening is scheduled for September 8.
"The community is excited to have Bill Mazeroski's name on the field," said Nick Dorsch of the Rotary Club of Murrysville-Export. "He's from this area and people know him well, so they're excited that he's tied to the field. And you could tell from Bill's reaction that he appreciates being a part of the project."
Another driving force behind the project has been Bob Brooks, who is the mayor of Murrysville and a member of the Pirates' ownership group.
"Bob is also a Rotarian, so he touches the project from three different angles," Dorsch said. "The municipality has been really good to us because they donated the land, and when Bob became mayor they got really active in the project and he helped drive a lot of that. There's a lot of acreage out there in that park and they donated a prime piece of property for us to use. Bob Brooks and the municipality have helped us throughout this project. They've stepped up to the plate in one way or another every time we've had a need."
More than 240 Miracle League organizations operate across the country with the goal of empowering children and adults challenged by any form of special need to experience the joys of baseball regardless of their ability to play. For more information about joining a team, volunteering during games or supporting the Miracle League of Western Pennsylvania, please visit www.miracleleaguewpa.org.