The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 3, 2013

Three strikes, but not out

Saturday’s Miracle League games reset, dedication will now be held June 1


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — The untimely arrival of a late winter blast has changed plans for the first games at the Will Norton Miracle Field once again. The games, which were set to begin Saturday have been rescheduled for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The 6 p.m. game will be the Royals versus the Rangers; the 7 p.m. game will be the Dodgers versus the Cardinals.

Games will resume on Saturday, May 11, as originally scheduled ... weather permitting.

The dedication also has been rescheduled to take place at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 1, as part of Family Fun Day. It will be the last day of games for the six-week season, said Cameo Harrington, public relations director for the Miracle League.

The dedication will fall between the 9 a.m. (Dodgers versus Rangers) and 11 a.m. (Cardinals versus Royals) games.

The dedication will include remarks by Jenny Hocker, chairperson of the Rotary Building Committee and Mark Norton, father of Will Norton, along with recognition of the new board of directors, donors and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In addition to the games and the dedication, there will be a barbecue lunch and activities for children. There also is a playground next to the field equipped for children with disabilities.

“This will be a great opportunity for us to thank our sponsors and celebrate the season with our players and their families,” Harrington said in a statement.

The Miracle League of Joplin plays games at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. every Saturday through June 1 at the field, located in the Joplin Athletic Complex. There is no charge to attend the games.

“If we get rained out on Saturdays, Tuesdays will be our make-up games,” Harrington said.

The dedication had been scheduled for Friday, April 26, and then again on Saturday, April 27, but was rained out both days.



Will Norton

The Will Norton Miracle Field is named for a Joplin High School student who died in the May 22, 2011, tornado. Will Norton was known for his volunteerism and work with children and Joplin Rotary.