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(Posted 1:30 p.m., July 20)
Miracle League project up for $100K Kraft Celebration grand prize
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Bryce 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. File photo

Residents 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.

The 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 BFI Canada.

Their 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.

The 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 the rest.

The $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.

The 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 Nation’s Capital so their son Bryce Desrochers, a Grade 6 student, could enjoy the game of baseball in a safe environment.

Rolly 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.

To vote in the Kraft Celebration Contest visit www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca after 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 .

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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