In the summer of 2012, the Champions for Ottawa Baseball and the Rotary Club of Orleans were approached by the Desrochers family from Orleans to help support a dream; a Miracle Field in the Nation’s Capital so Bryce Desrochers, a grade six student, could enjoy the game of baseball in a safe environment. Rolly and Michelle Desrochers know that sports gives their son Bryce, born with cerebral palsy, a great deal of joy. Hundreds of other “special needs” children and adults will similarly benefit.
Presently, the Miracle League of Ottawa is an incorporated non-profit with a Board of Directors and active volunteers, thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Orleans and Progressive Waste Solutions, the Friends of the Mer Bleu Community Fund and Sonshine Families.
In the fall of 2012, A fundraising project was launched at Place D’Orleans to construct Ottawa’s first and Canada’s second fully functional Miracle League program at the Notre-Dame des Champs park in Orleans to include a field, playground structure and Clubhouse with fully accessible washrooms and change-rooms.
On Friday August 14, 2015, the Miracle Field of Ottawa was officially unveiled by Mayor Jim Watson, members of Council and Marie France Lalonde, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa – Orleans. The Board completed the Capital fundraising phase ($1.6M) of the vision for a Miracle Field in mid-2015 after support was received from the City of Ottawa’s Community Partnership Major Capital Program for a 50/50 share of the total project cost and other partners such as the Rotary Clubs Ottawa, JaysCare Foundation, Malhotra Family Foundation, Telus Community Fund, Kraft, The Trillium Foundation, Trinity Developments and more (for a full list please see our website).
The Miracle Field of Ottawa is about helping a very special dream come true. Our community partnerships will enable these facilities to meet the unique needs of players, and assist the Miracle League to outreach across Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec for operations in 2015 and beyond. The combined baseball field and play structure will be the first of its kind in Ottawa joining 250 other Miracle League Clubs throughout North America.