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Miracle League to replace playing surface with aid of $210,000 donation
Miracle League to replace playing surface with aid of $210,000 donation
Posted August 18, 2015

Golfers hit the links to support the Miracle League of Amherstburg last Saturday, but the players will be hitting the field on a brand new surface next month.

Town council allowed a renovation of the Miracle League diamond to proceed Monday evening, by passing a motion allowing money to be utilized from the Amherstburg Community Foundation for the project. An anonymous donation of $210,000 was made specifically for Miracle League projects, like the new playing surface, with the money flowing through the foundation.

“We’re dealing only with the infield surface at this point,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, adding there is enough money donated to pursue other initiatives as well.

CAO John Miceli noted it will be the town issuing the purchase orders with Miracle League board members helping to oversee the installation of the new surface. Miceli called Miracle League a grassroots group that is doing good things for the town and that the motion passed by council allows for the “I’s to be dotted and the T’s crossed.”

“We have a fund (like the Amherstburg Community Foundation) for this reason,” said DiCarlo. “We maintain the fund for such an occasion.”

When donations like this come in, the mayor added, they can flow through the foundation.

“It’s their funds to spend.

“Giver” premiere screened at Libro Centre
“Giver” premiere screened at Libro Centre
Posted June 04, 2015

By Adam D’Andrea


The episode of the TVOKids show “Giver” filmed in Amherstburg debuted Monday night, but around 50 people were treated to a special premiere screening at the Libro Centre last Sunday.

The local children involved with the program, as well as their families and friends, enjoyed an advance viewing of the episode which documents the construction of the Libro Centre’s accessible playground. “Giver” provided a number of kids with the chance to help design, build and open the park over the course of three days.

“The crew was fantastic with the kids. Really, really nice people to work with,” said Louanne Miron, whose 11-year-old son Julien was featured in the episode. “They had all kinds of kids with different abilities and they worked with them, and they did so well.”

Although the kids and parents had to work long hours with the crew to ensure the park would be completed in three days, Miron said she loved being involved and her son learned a lot through the experience.

“The cooperation part of it, how to volunteer and how to give back,” Miron said. “A lot of kids who are differently abled are usually the ones who are receiving all of the help, and this time they’re the ones giving the help which is really nice.”

Sammy Uprichard, another local child featured in the episode, agreed the days were long and hard but he had a great time.

(BCNSA) Group from University present fund raising Donation
(BCNSA) Group from University present fund raising Donation
Posted May 25, 2015

Today we were able to pay tribute to the Behaviour Cognition Neuroscience Student Association (BCNSA) group from the University of Windsor. For the third year in a row, this amazing group of students spent their year fund raising for the Miracle League. In total they have raised over $10,000 in the last 3 years for us as well as providing countless volunteer hours at the Miracle Leauge. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK!!

TVOKids’ “Giver” show about Amherstburg playground debuting June 1
TVOKids’ “Giver” show about Amherstburg playground debuting June 1
Posted May 13, 2015

By Ron Giofu


The TVOKids’ show “Giver” that was filmed in Amherstburg last summer is set to hit the airwaves June 1.

The show filmed construction of the accessible playground at the Libro Centre over a three-day period last August and has been shaped into a 30-minute episode of the series. The show is currently in its third season.

“Giver” personalities also interviewed local children who use the park, one of them being nine-year-old Arta Giles of Amherstburg.

“It was very fun,” Arta recalled of the experience. “I enjoyed working with all the machines and trying to figure out how they work. That’s why it was quite fun.”
Arta said she learned about tools and how they work and also helped out in laying the accessible flooring. She believes seeing the show will be “very cool” as she will not only see herself but others who helped make the playground a reality.

Arta regularly returns to the playground and enjoys knowing she helped make it a reality.

“I like seeing everything we built,” she said. “I’m so glad I was able to build this park. It makes me feel I can participate in this. It lightens my heart.”

Arta’s mother Christine said her daughter greatly enjoyed the experience, which included meeting “Giver” personalities like host Michael Lagimodiere.

Another star is added to wall of honour…
Another star is added to wall of honour…
Posted May 13, 2015

By:  Max Vigneux


Sadly last October we lost another cherished Miracle League Player from the Bombers Team, Eric Brinkman.  Eric was always happy and excited every time he came out to play baseball.  Eric and his parents Kerry & Ann had grown to cherish their time at the Miracle League.  They loved the players, music, fun and other players and families.  Most of all, Ann and Kerry enjoyed seeing their son participate in the game of baseball.


This past Saturday, May 9, 2015, we honoured Eric as a treasured part of the Miracle League family.  The dedication of a star on our Wall of Honour ensures that Eric will always be remembered and cherished as part of the Miracle League of Amherstburg.  Though Eric is no longer with us, we are certain he part of Team of Angels watching over the Miracle League in the outfield.  He will never be forgotten.