HURRICANE HARVEY CAN’T STOP THE LAKE HOUSTON MIRACLE LEAGUE
Fall season to start Sept. 23 at brand new adaptive sports complex
September 13, 2017
HOUSTON – Undeterred by Hurricane Harvey, the Lake Houston Miracle League fall season will begin on Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. – just one week later than planned – on brand new fields at the Insperity Adaptive Sports Complex, 11820 Madera Run Pkwy.
The Miracle League Association is the premier baseball league for children and adults with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.
After a year of construction, the new adaptive sports complex features two synthetic fields designed for mobility devices, a barrier-free playground and multi-purpose pavilion – giving children with physical and cognitive challenges a safe place to play sports. Prior to its opening, children played on grass fields at Humble High School’s Turner Stadium.
The facility was made possible by the YMCA of Greater Houston, the Humble Independent School District (Humble ISD), the Humble ISD Foundation and community donors, including lead donor Insperity, after which the complex is named.
A formal dedication and donor recognition ceremony will be held in the spring of 2018.
The $4.8 million facility is situated on five acres of land donated by Humble ISD and located between the district’s new elementary and middle schools in The Groves subdivision. In addition to hosting Miracle League games, it enables the school district’s approximately 5,000 students with disabilities to stay physically active and have fun. The facility is also equipped to handle the Special Olympics.
The second of its kind in Harris County, the Insperity Adaptive Sports Complex is putting the Greater Houston area on the map in terms of its strong commitment to children with special needs and to adaptive sports venues in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
“We are giving children who might not otherwise be able to play sports the chance to hit a ball, run from base to base and play on a team with people in the stands cheering for them,” said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston. “Not only does it bring them tremendous excitement and a sense of accomplishment, but their parents get to have a respite and watch their children enjoy themselves without having to worry.”
Players can play sports without fear of injury. Each is assigned a “buddy,” a YMCA volunteer who helps them swing their bats and move from base to base.
The sports complex also includes a barrier-free playground with ramps, special swings and jungle-gym equipment for children with disabilities to climb and play alongside their siblings and friends. The playground’s tactile, visual and auditory components are designed to engage children with autism and other developmental conditions.
Furthermore, a large pavilion serves as a gathering place and houses a concessions stand. Quiet rooms are available when children become overstimulated.
Top donors of the project include: Insperity, the Astros Foundation, the Cleary Family, Be An Angel, Insperity Invitational/Greater Houston Golf Charity, Harvey Builders, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, the Dan L. Duncan Foundation and The Cullen Foundation.
To donate to YMCA adaptive sports programs, please visit: www.ymcahouston.org/sports-for-all