As you know, the primary purpose of this blog is to discuss special needs trusts, and the many issues unique to those who are considering establishing such a trust. But every once in a while, a story comes along in the news that is just relevant and noteworthy enough to warrant our attention, despite not being specifically related to special needs trusts. And the story surrounding Scottsdale’s Miracle League of Arizona stadium certainly qualifies as news that parents of children with special needs would like to hear.
Miracle League baseball stadium is specifically designed with special needs children in mind. For instance, the dugouts are large enough for children in wheelchairs, the turf is rubberized to accommodate crutches and wheelchairs, and there are special rooms for caregivers and privacy. The idea is that children with special needs still want to enjoy physical activity and competitive sports, and Miracle League baseball stadium affords them the opportunity to do so.
The stadium’s bill will amount to just about $1.7 million when it is all said and done. But despite the hefty price tag on the stadium itself, children with special needs will have no entrance fee to play in the stadium. Rather, when the season begins, children with special needs of any age are free to join at absolutely no cost. The stadium is scheduled to open on March 22, and you can learn more about enrolling at www.mlaz.org.