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Challenger Miracle Field gets grant to expand

Apr 15, 2018

The Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester has received a significant grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.

Just over $487,000 will go towards the construction and operation of their inclusive complex in Webster, which makes sports more accessible for children with disabilities.

President of the Board of Directors for Challenger Miracle Field, Ron Kampff says part of that money will go towards phase two of the field’s buildout.

"The big bathrooms for wheelchairs, concession stand, a pavilion for the kids and players and families to gather, also a storage area. It’s just anything that any other little league facility would have for everyone."

Locally, 400 participants play on nine challenger teams.

Kampff wants the building to be a place parents and players can hang out after a game, especially as uses for the field continue to grow.

"They played flag football in the fall, it was great, and once the weather breaks they’ll be playing soccer and whatever other sports you can dream up, any activities really."

The Challenger Miracle field has a soft, turf surface; it is also fenced in.

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk.