Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Foundation donated $40,000 for construction of Miracle Field.
Alexandria City Council moved on Saturday name the Lee Center softball field “The Kelley Cares Miracle Field.” Construction of a synthetic turf baseball diamond at 1108 Jefferson St. designed specifically for use by individuals with special needs is currently underway. The surface will be entirely covered in a rubber-like compound that allows a cushioned surface for wheelchairs, walkers and more. The main focus is to allow those with special needs to play diamond sports in an inclusive environment. Council approved naming the field after the Kelley Cares Foundation following a recommendation from the Miracle League of Alexandria. The Kelley Cares Foundation has raised thousands of dollars for the city’s therapeutic recreation program in …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Vice Mayor Kerry Donley urges completion by September for full use of the field in fall season.
City staff said this week before council that vendor selection for the new Miracle Field should occur within the next two weeks and plans are on track to open the new field in September. The field, which will be located near the Nannie J. Lee Center, is designed to support the Miracle League Program of Alexandria, which provides an accessible and fun environment for individuals with special needs and others to enjoy sports activities. Vice Mayor Kerry Donley urged staff to stay on track with construction of the new field so that the momentum for the project continues. “We’d like to see us hit that target of September so we can commission the field so that it’s used” for that sports season, he said. “It’s a tremendous advancement for …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Portions of funds raised at the race will go toward the Miracle League of Alexandria's new field.
Approximately 850 runners and walkers took to the streets of Del Ray and Rosemont on Saturday morning for the 2012 Kelley Cares 5K. “This is our biggest Kelley Cares Race yet,” said Lindsey Swanson, race emcee. The Kelley Cares Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of Kelley Swanson, a T.C. Williams High School graduate and active community volunteer. With the temperature in the low 60s and the humidity at a minimum, the early morning race was a dream for runners—and a couple dozen dogs, too. It was also a dream come true for the Swanson family. “It means so much to us, and Kelley would have absolutely loved today,” said Katey Swanson, twin sister of Kelley, who served as volunteer coordinator at the race. Emily Moran, Katey’s …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Race proceeds to benefit the Alexandria Therapeutic Recreation Program and Miracle League of Alexandria.
The fifth annual Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Therapeutic Recreation Program of Alexandria kicks off with an 8 a.m. starting gun Saturday at George Washington Middle School. Portions of the funds raised by this year’s race will also go toward the Miracle League of Alexandria’s efforts to build a rubberized baseball diamond so participants of the Therapeutic Recreation Program can safely play. Race participants can run or walk the 5K course through Rosemont and Del Ray that begins and ends at George Washington Middle School. Race registration can be completed online at the Kelley Cares Foundation website. The registration fee is $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6 to 12. There is no registration fee for children 5 years …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
More than 150 boogied Saturday night at Mount Vernon Recreation Center.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
More than 150 people danced Saturday night away at Mount Vernon Recreation Center during a sock hop benefiting the Miracle League of Alexandria. The event raised roughly $7,000 to be used toward the construction of a synthetic turf baseball field designed specifically for individuals with special needs. Music was provided by the Irish Breakfast Band, the Kate Moran Band, Mars Rodeo, the Janna Audey Band and Bill Mansfield. Del Ray’s Gayle Reuter, Carol Bailey and Pat Miller coordinated the event in honor of Miracle League participant Ryan Bailey. A dozen local restaurants donated food for the event, which also featured face painting by Girl Scout Troop 6686 and storytelling by Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna. For more information on the Miracle League …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Organizers aiming to raise money for rubberized playing field for Alexandria's special needs population.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
A bevy of local bands are lining up to play a sock hop this Saturday benefitting the Miracle League of Alexandria, which strives to provide an accessible, fun and attractive environment for individuals with special needs to enjoy sports activities. The Kate Moran Band, Irish Breakfast Band, Janna Audey, Mars Rodeo and Bill Mansfield are all signed up to perform starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Tickets cost $25 for singles, $40 for couples and $50 per family and can be purchased at KelleyCares.org or at A Show of Hands on Mt. Vernon Avenue. Food at the dance will be provided by a multitude of local restaurants, including Pork Barrel BBQ, FireFlies, Sapore D’Italia, Caboose Cafe and Bakery, The Happy Tart and …
Monday, June 13, 2011
The season ended June 4, but efforts are underway to raise funds for a Miracle Field
In the 1951 black-and-white film "Angels in the Outfield," a group of deceased ballplayers bestow "miracles" on the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates as they make a run for the pennant. Fifty years later, the Miracle League of Alexandria had its own real "angels in the outfield" during its first season that ended Saturday, June 4. "The goal for this program was for every participant to have fun and enjoy the experience of being able to play baseball," said Mac Slover, city sports director. "The overwhelmingly success of the inaugural season is the direct result of the support of the Therapeutic Recreation staff, the Miracle League Advisory Board and the countless volunteers who come out each weekend to provide support to the league’s participants…