Delray Beach’s field of dreams needs some fixing up.
The Miracle League, which allows kids of all abilities to play the game of baseball, is in dire need of a new rubber field.
Executive Director of the league Julia Kadel said the sun has destroyed the recycled rubber after years of beating down on it.
“It’s starting to become dangerous,” she said. “It’s cracking and there are divots and now chunks of the field are missing.”
The price tag for the new turf that allows wheelchair bound kids and those who use walkers to run the bases: $150,000.
So far, the League has raised $95,000. That amount came from the recent Dinner on the Diamond annual fundraising event that attracted 300 guests.
“Every year we just keep getting better and better at it,” Kadel said of the event. “The event was awesome.”
In 2018, the event had honorary chairs for the first time. Dinner is literally served on the rubber field where the kids spend their Saturdays batting and running the bases with their buddies.
Even though the fundraiser netted them an amount shy of the $150,000, she said she is hopeful they will raise enough money for the new field by the end of this year.
“We are confident in 2019 we will be able to raise the rest of the money,” she said. “Hopefully by the end of the year we will have a new field.”
Kadel said her goal is to create awareness that the Miracle League exists and it is free.
“We work hard to fundraise so parents don’t have to pay,” she said.
The spring league will begin on March 30 and run through May 18. She said the are accepting sponsors for the season, volunteers and donations for the field.
And the date for this year’s Dinner on the Diamond has been set for Nov. 23.