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Courtesy photo - The Miracle League of Mercer County, an organization dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play in an organized baseball league that celebrates their spirit in a non-competitive atmosphere, will mark its 10th anniversary on September 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will include food and fellowship and is open to the community. September 12th is also opening day, with 3 games scheduled. Miracle Field is located at 185 Sawmill Road in Hamilton.

The Miracle League of Mercer County, an organization dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play in an organized baseball league that celebrates their spirit in a non-competitive atmosphere, will mark its 10th anniversary on September 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will include food and fellowship and is open to the community.

Established in Mercer County in 2005, the league was first formed via a partnership between the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton Sunrise and the Hamilton Area YMCA. With a goal of building the first barrier-free baseball field on the east coast, the coalition set out to raise $250,000 for initial construction. The land for the field was donated by the Hamilton Area YMCA from a piece of their Sawmill Branch, and the "field of dreams" welcomed its first players in the fall of 2005

In the last ten years, the Miracle League of Mercer County has served over 200 individuals with disabilities and their families and has garnered the support of over 1,000 community volunteers, more commonly known as "angels in the outfield." Most recently, the League was recognized by the Trenton Thunder organization as part of their HOPE Week.

"Every kid deserves the chance to hear the roar of the crowd and feel the thrill of rounding third," said Executive Director Dan Sczweck. "Our athletes get that opportunity thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and the devotion of their families. Through the Miracle League, we're making dreams come true."

Saturday, September 12, is opening day for the 2015 fall season. Three games will be played at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. A proclamation from Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede will be read. The first pitch will be thrown by the Miracle League of Mercer County's founding Executive Director, Kathy Rhead.

Miracle Field is located at 185 Sawmill Road in Hamilton.

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