Troy gets modern-day miracle

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Looking for a modern-day miracle?

Look no further than the Troy Sportsplex on Enzor Road.

It’s there you’ll find the Miracle League Playground, a brightly colored testament to the generosity and compassion of businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Pike County.

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The playground, being built now, provides an interactive area for children in wheelchairs and others with special needs to play. Slides, tunnels, climbing areas and more are waiting to greet youngsters who will soon be smiling, laughing and enjoying some of the simplest joys of childhood.

The playground is funded through a massive community effort, raising more than $245,000, including a $50,000 grant, a $50,000 donation from the City of Troy, a $25,000 donation by the Pike County Commission, and donations ranging from $1 to thousands offered by individuals and businesses alike.

It is the outgrowth of the Miracle League Field, a specially designed baseball field which accommodates players with special needs. The field has given birth to our own Miracle League, which involves dozens of players and scores of volunteers each season. It, too, was funded through a massive grassroots effort.

And perhaps that is the most telling sign of all. In today’s often challenging economy, generosity and compassion are thriving here in Pike County. From sweat equity to generous financial contributions, we’ve seen the community put its heart into a playground and ballfield that will bring happiness and joy to to children for years to come.