Miracles can happen in Troy

Published 9:39 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sometimes the pieces come together and good things happen. Miracles, even.

That’s what will take place on Friday, when representatives of CGI, Troy’s newest corporate citizen, will donate $50,000 to complete fundraising efforts for a Miracle Field here in our community.

Long a dream of a group of dedicated volunteers, and championed by the Lion’s Club, the Miracle Field will provide children and adults with physical disabilities a chance to play baseball. As part of a national Miracle League, the specially outfitted field is designed so that able-bodied assistants help the participants in all aspects of the game, from hitting to catching to rounding the bases. The field is designed with multi-handicap access and thoughtfulness. Most important, it is designed with heart.

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For more than three years, local volunteers have tirelessly worked to raise funds, including a generous $100,000 donation from state Sen. Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne to help cover the $225,000 cost of the field. But getting to the finish line seemed so far away, until CGI stepped up to the plate.

George Tarbox, the local manager, says the community partnership is “just part of CGI’s DNA.” That’s a refreshing and rewarding message, and one that is appreciated in our community.

Now, the field will move from a dream to a reality. And recreation leaders say it could be ready for play as soon as Spring 2011.

A ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Friday a the Sportsplex on Enzor Road. We encourage everyone to come out and say thanks to CGI for helping making a dream come true.