Opening Day nears for Miracle League ball park

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - We're just a few months out from opening day at the new Miracle League Ballpark in Jonesboro and they are rounding third in their fundraising efforts. With five months to go, they are a little over $700,000 away from meeting the $2.8 million needed to complete the project.

Thursday, dozens of Jonesboro businesses got out the bullpen and pitched in.

Even when he's out to eat with the family, 9-year-old Brant has one thing on his mind.

"Baseball!" Brant exclaimed as he pointed to a TV inside Fat City.

Brant is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and he's played t-ball before too but for the past few years, Brant has promoted a different type of ball field.

"The more she talked about it, the more excited I got because I thought 'okay! we're finally gonna get to play baseball' because it's something that Brant loves," mom Camelia Ballard told Region 8 News.

Camelia is talking about the Miracle League, a field designed to accommodate special needs children and adults.

"We can't hardly wait," Sharon Turman with the Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department told Region 8 News.

Turman said the $2.8 million project is only about $700,000 away from being completely funded

"Every dollar that we get goes toward construction right now," Turman explained.

While the city is waiting on a few grants to come through right now, other fundraising efforts are continuously going on.

When we caught up with the Ballards, they had just sat down for a meal at one of thirty Jonesboro businesses participating in Miracle League Day.

"They'll either give us 10% of their proceeds or make a flat donation and along with the donation," Turman explained. "We've got our donation buckets set up at each site that people can actually put money in those buckets too."

Last year, $3,100 was collected.

"Anybody and everybody can donate and help and the community has just come together and supported this so much and we are just thrilled that everyone is supportive of this field and playground," Camelia said.

If you didn't get a chance to get out and eat at one of the participating restaurants Thursday, that's okay! Friday, there will be a bucket brigade from 6am to 6pm at the intersection of Red Wolf Boulevard and Nettleton Avenue. Any amount of money you can donate will help.

Opening day is tentatively set for September 13 of this year.

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