1:30 p.m., July 20)
League project up for $100K Kraft Celebration grand prize
By Fred Sherwin
Desrochers is the inspiration behind the Miracle
League of Ottawa initiative to build a wheelchair-accessible
baseball diamond and play structure in Notre-Dame-des-Champs.
of Orléans and beyond are being asked to support
a bid to build a baseball diamond and playstructure for
special needs kids by casting their votes in the Canada-wide
Kraft Celebration Contest on Monday.
Miracle League of Ottawa is an incorporared non-profit
organization with members from the Rotary Club of Orleans,
Sonshine Family Ministries, Friends of the Mer Bleue and
goal is to build a wheelchair accessible baseball diamond
with a cushioned rubberized surface and a play structure
at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park off Navan Road.
facility will be the first of its kind in Canada joining
250 other Miracle League Clubs throughout North America.
The City of Ottawa has committed $450,000 to the $900,000
project, leaving the Miracle League of Ottawa to raise
$100,000 Kraft Celebration grand prize would go a long
way to meeting that commitment. The project has already
been awarded $25,000 for being one of the 10 finalists
in the contest. The winner will be determined by the number
of online votes they receive between 9 a.m. Monday morning
and 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night.
project had its gensis in the summer of 2012, when the
Champions for Ottawa Baseball and the Rotary Club of Orleans
were approached by the Desrochers family from Orleans
to help support a dream; a Miracle League field in the
Nations Capital so their son Bryce Desrochers, a
Grade 6 student, could enjoy the game of baseball in a
and Michelle Desrochers know that sports gives their son
Bryce, born with cerebral palsy, a great deal of joy.
Once it's is built the Miracel League Park will give hundreds
of other special needs children and adults
a similar benefit.
vote in the Kraft Celebration Contest visit www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca
after 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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