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April 24, 2014

Pulling out all the stops: Party today celebrates Miracle League Field opening

ENID, Okla. — The 4RKids Foundation, Enid Noon AMBUCS and Miracle League of Enid will pull out all the stops and throw a party at 6 p.m. today.

Tonight is the celebration of reaching a goal planned and worked toward for more than five years — the opening of the recently completed Miracle League Field at AMBUCS Park, Van Buren and Oak.

The park opens at 6 p.m. AMBUCS will serve pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, chips, pickles, cookies, lemonade and water.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s 66 Miracle League players will be introduced at 6:45 p.m., and the first of three exhibition games will begin at 7 p.m.

At 8:45 p.m., the sky will burst into blaze from the evening’s fireworks show.

Robert Faulk, project chair for Enid AMBUCS Park, said Enid Noon AMBUCS had several fundraisers throughout the years, and most of the money has gone for the purpose of developing Miracle League Park.

Additionally, AMBUCS and 4RKids have written grants to develop the park. Thousands of volunteer man-hours have gone into the effort, Faulk said.

“The grand opening is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of Enid Noon AMBUCS and 4RKids over the last few years,” Faulk said. “We are excited to provide the opportunity for children of all abilities to be able to play baseball.”

AMBUCS is providing the food and Western Enterprises donated the fireworks, Mitchell said.

“We’re encouraging people to bring their lawn chairs,” Mitchell said.

The evening’s entertainment lineup might include a surprise special appearance.

Mitchell said free lemonade and water will be provided by AMBUCS. Popcorn, pop, candy and chips can be bought at the concession stand. Concession proceeds go back to Miracle League.

Mitchell said there are six Miracle League teams this year. Past years had enough players for four teams. The program pairs children and adults who have special needs with able-bodied partners for weekly baseball games played during May and June.

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