Anybody who has ever seen a Miracle League baseball game knows it instantly becomes the "Field of Dreams" for kids and adults with disabilities.
The area is set to get its second Miracle League facility soon, one in Northampton County to join the one in Heidelberg Township.
Speakers at the groundbreaking will include John Stoffa, Northampton County Executive; Dave Colver, Chairman of the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors; Richard Agretto, President of the Board of Directors for the Miracle League of Northampton County; and a local family whose children have enjoyed playing baseball in a Miracle League.
Following this program, guests will be invited outside for a ground-breaking ceremony on the site where the field will be constructed.
The Miracle League of Northampton County was founded last October and is set to become one of over 240 leagues across the nation whose sole purpose is to provide children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball
Unlike traditional baseball fields made of dirt and grass, Miracle League fields feature a rubberized, all-weather playing surface allowing for wheelchairs to move along freely.
Phillies catcher and Northampton native Brian Schneider is the honorary chairman for the organization.
AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT
The Southern Lehigh girls basketball team will hold an Autism Awareness Night on Dec 19 when the Spartans host Central Catholic in what figures to be a quality nonleague matchup. The JV game is set for 5:30 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7.
Both coaches — Southern Lehigh's Megan Dellegrotti and Central's Mike Kopp — are happy to have their kids involved with the Autism Society of the Lehigh Valley.
The Southern Lehigh team will also be volunteering on Dec. 3 at Autism Society's annual party.
Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Famer Traci Cyr, who is the treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Autism Society of America, has done clinics at Southern Lehigh to benefit the local organization and has been instrumental in arranging this event.
KINEK OFFICIALLY COMMITS
Dan Kinek admits that he, like the rest of his family, is a big Penn State fan.
But he said that's going to change by next fall because the former Emmaus lacrosse star has now officially signed his letter-of-intent to accept a partial scholarship from the University of Michigan.
Kinek is spending this school year at the Avon Old Farms prep school in Connecticut, playing a full lacrosse schedule in the spring.
He will join a list of former Emmaus lacrosse playing Division I lacrosse, including Tate Klidonas (Hartford), Ty Souders (Lehigh), Mike Bender (Bellarmine University in Louisville) and Ben Sampson (U.S. Naval Academy).
"It shows that lacrosse continues to become more and more popularity and more colleges are adding lacrosse," Kinek said.