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Summerville Miracle League Annual “BBQ for Baseball” Fundraiser Set for April 8 & 9!

Need something to do this weekend? Mark your calendar to come out and enjoy some smokin’ live music and barbecue and help support some very special kids in their desire to play America’s game in the process. This year’s BBQ for Baseball fundraiser is being held Friday & Saturday, April 8-9, 2011  at 200 Trolley Road in Summerville, SC. Wings are the specialty of the night on Friday followed by Saturday’s ‘all you can eat’ BBQ.

Started in 1999, the Miracle League organization is dedicated to the idea that all children including special needs kids should have the opportunity to play baseball. Today, there are over 240 Miracle League fields in the U.S. Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. These fields are specially designed to accommodate a variety of developmental challenges and pave the way for children, youth, and young adults to play baseball and experience the joy and camaraderie of team sports.

Chris Campeau with SeamonWhiteside + Associates’s Landscape Architecture department is an active member of the board of the Summerville Miracle League and will be on hand to keep the festivities rollin’. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Chris!

For more information, visit the SML website.

There’s No Place Like Home…

On Saturday (March 26), several SW+A staff volunteered to help the Charleston based charity Operation Home get some things done around the house for a local homeowner. Operation Home works with low-income, seniors, and special needs households throughout the Tri-county to make sure that their homes are both accessible and livable. This weekend’s project involved building a handicap ramp for the homeowner and adding a bit of landscaping to make home a bit more welcoming.


SW+A would like to thank Jason James of Ecoscape for generously donating the plant material that went into the landscape improvements and also recognize our employees, Cameron Liebetrau and her sister Landon, Sara Joyce, Lee Gastley, Rusty Blake, William O’Neal, Ike Boatwright, and Betsy Ellingson, for giving their time and talent to this very worthwhile project. Way to go everyone!

Field of Dreams, the Charleston Miracle League

Betsy Ellingson, RLA
Landscape Architect

The SW+A Gang at Opening Day

The SW+A Gang at Opening Day

A few years ago, Seamon Whiteside + Associates was approached by a man who had a big dream: to build a very special baseball field…one that would not only require backstops and dugouts but also a heart to serve some of the most special and overlooked children in our community. That day, SW+A partnered with the newly organized Charleston Miracle League and in the fall of 2004, the CML field held its first game. The special rubberized surface and wheelchair friendly facilities have provided life-changing opportunities to hundreds of special needs kids since that day, with the numbers growing each year. ‘Miracle’ is the perfect description of what happens on the field every week – the joy the players express each time they cross home plate is contagious to everyone at the park. One parent describes what the League means to her daughter this way:

“Sarah was always her younger brother Stuart’s biggest cheerleader whenever he had baseball or soccer games. She loved encouraging him as he ran down the field or around the bases. At the same time, she longed to participate in a sport herself. Ever since a pontine stroke following a brain tumor when she was five, she’d been confined to a wheelchair and left with limited movement in her extremities. Teachers and friends at school tried to include her in their schoolyard games, but most times the field wasn’t conducive to a wheelchair, and Sarah’s only option was to watch from the sidelines.

That all changed with the Charleston Miracle League. From the very first ‘Play ball!’ Sarah was all smiles as she was finally able to participate in a sport where the barriers were removed and the fans were cheering her on from the bleachers. The Miracle League provided a wheelchair friendly, top of the line field as well as jerseys, hats, coaches, and best of all, teammates. There are even team photos and awards at the end of each season, just like she’s watched her brother receive. For a child who could only watch and wish before, this was a dream come true.

If you ask her why she loves the Miracle League, she’ll say simply, ‘Because it’s fun.’ But really, it’s more than that. The Miracle League has provided for Sarah a place where she feels encouraged, validated, and loved. The brilliant smile she flashes as she crosses home plate tells it all.”

For more information about the Charleston Miracle League and how you can participate or support this wonderful organization, check out their website at www.charlestonmiracleleague.org .

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