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Miracle League Field Unveiled in Hibbing

Updated: 07/09/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 07/09/2014 10:53 PM WDIO.com
By: Eyewitness Sports

Hibbing, Minn. - Minnesota will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game next week at Target Field. But Wednesday, on another Minnesota baseball field, the opening of a new diamond that gives kids with disabilities a chance to be All-Stars - and the Minnesota Twins were there too for the unveiling Miracle League Field. Twins Owner Jim Pohlad and Twins Legend Kent Hrbek were among those in attendance for its debut.

It is a handicapped accessible field at Bennett Park and its opening marks the start of MLB's All-Star Week Community Activities. After the ceremonial first pitch, the diamond played host to its first game. Members of the Hibbing U-14 Softball Team acted as buddies for the athletes playing.

"This is something that is pretty humbling to be at and give a chance for the kids to play and it is nice to see the Twins and the Pohlad's and everyone else that is involved in putting this thing together to come out and do something like this, it is pretty special," says Hrbek.

"This is a great way to start off the All-Star Week for us and the fact that it is a Miracle League field, it just makes it even more special," says Pohlad.

"It is going to be a big deal for Hibbing and we have a lot of people in support of this and a lot of kids that are going to be playing here and people in the community have really gotten behind it and we have had numerous fund raisers and people have been very supportive, the money has really come in well for us," says Jeff Polcher, President of the Miracle League of Hibbing.

Not only will the field serve those in Hibbing, but organizers hope it attracts those with special needs from other Iron Range cities as well.

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