Darlys Every of Brainerd earned a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., after raising the most funds for the Big Wiff Wiffle Ball tournament Aug. 18 at 10 locations throughout Minnesota, including Mills Field in Brainerd.
Every raised $2,900 to win the statewide contest, which will benefit Miracle League fields throughout the state. All of the donations Every raised will be earmarked to help construct the planned Miracle League Field at Bane Park in Brainerd.
Miracle League fields allow physically and mentally handicapped individuals to play baseball. Fields are made of artificial turf for safety, and allow people to maneuver wheelchairs and crutches on an even surface.
To date, approximately $75,000 has been raised for the field in Brainerd, according to Kevin Thoresen of the Minnesota Miracle League. This total includes funds raised from the Big Wiff Wiffle Ball tournament, the mini Gran Prix at Cokato in July and from the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.
Approximately $140,000 is needed to build a Miracle Field, which includes artificial turf, security fencing, dugouts and other amenities.
Donations are still being accepted. Checks can be made out to the Miracle League. Donations may be sent to Brainerd Parks and Recreation, c/o Tony Sailer, 1619 N.E. Washington St., Brainerd, MN, 56401.
For further information call Brainerd Parks and Recreation at (218) 828-2320.
For more information on Miracle League fields, go to www.MiracleLeagueMN.com.