The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 26, 2013

Rain delays Miracle Field dedication, events set for 10:15 a.m. Saturday

Games planned for 9 and 11 a.m.

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A ceremony to dedicate the new Will Norton Miracle Field will be held at 10:15 a.m. today.

The event had been planned for Friday but was rescheduled because of the rain.

“The dedication will take place between the first and second games and we’ll have all the same activities that were planned. Well just push the start of the second game back a little bit,” said Cameo Harrington, of Choice Marketing, public relations chair for the Miracle League of Joplin.

Games are set for 9 and 11 a.m. at the field, located in the Joplin Athletic Complex at 3301 W. First St. The dedication will be at 10:15 a.m.

Today’s events will include the introduction of teams and coaches, and each player will be allowed a turn at bat. There also will be photos with Homer, the Miracle League mascot, and face-painting. A barbecue dinner will be provided by Rib Crib.

The Miracle Field is a project proposed by Jenny Hocker, a real estate agent and Rotary member, and funded by donations local Rotary clubs received in response to the 2011 Joplin tornado. It is named after a Joplin High School student who died in the tornado. Will Norton was known for his volunteerism and work with children and the Rotary Club. His father, Mark Norton, who is a Rotary member, will speak along with Hocker at the dedication.

There also is a playground next to the field equipped for children with disabilities.