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New Field To Serve Special Needs Athletes Proposed For Salisbury Complex

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SALISBURY, Md. - Field 7.5 is being proposed by Wicomico County's Recreation, Parks & Tourism department to serve the special needs athletes on the lower shore. 

Director Steve Miller says there are around 3,000 students with mental and physical disabilities that don't have a place to participate in sports programs.  He hopes that Field 7.5, proposed for the Henry S. Parker Complex, will give those kids an opportunity to play.

"I think there is a population out there that there is a need and it's not being served very well so I think we're only scratching the surface as far as this goes in my opinion. The response that we've gotten has been tremendous," Miller said. 

Little League Challengers Division would run a leagues through the new field as a host site.  Miller hopes to have little leagues from Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties participating. 

As of right now Challengers Coach Tina Kovach says there is only one team dedicated to special needs athletes that runs out of West Salisbury Little League. 

"Little leagues are very territorial, they like their own fields so to have a place that challengers can come as one it's just amazing," Kovach said. 

Kovach says the kids involved in the Challengers team are able to make friends and get team building skills. 

"When they hit the ball and run, their smile and their laughter is beyond anything you could ever grasp. It's like Christmas morning every bat," Kovach said. 

Miller says the only thing holding back the project from construction is funding.  If county, grant and private monies come through within the next few months the new field could be ready as early as next April. 

 

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