Ankeny Kiwanis Miracle Park Adds New League for Adults
Registration Now Open for Spring Season
ANKENY, IA (March 14, 2016) Ankeny Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2016 Ankeny Kiwanis Miracle League spring season. This non-competitive baseball/softball program is for youth with special needs and NEW for 2016, a league for adults with special needs has been added. The Ankeny Kiwanis Miracle League welcomes children and adults from throughout Central Iowa to play at the Ankeny field.
“We are proud to be able to offer an adult league this season,” says Ryan Penning, Ankeny Parks & Recreation Supervisor. “We feel everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of the game, no matter their age or ability. Opening the Ankeny Kiwanis Miracle League to adults adds to the all-inclusive nature of the park.”
Boys and girls, ages 5-18 with special needs, are encouraged to register for the spring season held on Saturday mornings, May 7 through June 18. Games consist of two co-ed teams playing two innings, with each player getting a chance to bat and to maneuver around the bases to score, every game ends in a tie. There is no fee to participate in the program and the registration deadline is April 13. Registration is available online at www.actvityreg.com or at the Parks & Recreation office located in the Public Services Building at 220 W. First St. in Ankeny.
Adult League – NEW in 2016
Men and women, 19 years and older with special needs, are eligible to register for the inaugural spring season. Games will be played after the youth league on Saturdays starting May 7 through June 18. Just like the Youth League, games consist of co-ed teams, playing two innings with each player getting a chance to bat and score; with every game ending in a tie. There is no fee for this program and the deadline to register is April 13. Registration is available online at www.actvityreg.com or at the Parks & Recreation office located in the Public Services Building at 220 W. First St. in Ankeny.
Volunteers are needed for the Buddy program, known as Angels in the Outfield. Angels/volunteers are partnered with players to assist them in the game. Angels must be at least 14 years old. School sports teams, cheer/dance squads, and youth groups are encouraged to volunteer as a team. To register to volunteer, visit www.ankenymiracleleague.com.
For more information, please contact Ryan Penning with Ankeny Parks & Recreation at 515-963-3574 or [email protected].
City of Ankeny Accepts Ankeny Miracle Park: Miracle League Field and All-Inclusive Playground
In 2011, the Ankeny Kiwanis Club and the City of Ankeny formed the Miracle League Steering Committee for the purpose of fundraising and project oversight of an all-inclusive baseball diamond and playground for special needs children within Ankeny and the surrounding communities. This playground subsequently became known as the Ankeny Miracle Park: Miracle League Field and All-Inclusive Playground.
At the time of project inception, the City agreed to allow the Miracle League Field and All-Inclusive Playground to be built within Hawkeye Park and once completed, it would be maintained and programmed by the City. On Jan. 4, the City of Ankeny formally accepted the Ankeny Miracle Park. The City of Ankeny would like to thank the Miracle League Steering Committee for their dedication to make the Ankeny Miracle Park a reality. Committee members include: Todd Ashby, Kerry Walter-Ashby, Dave Kissinger, Dorothy Mathis, Jim Hallihan, Kim Griffin, Laura Housel, Randy Munson, Sue Rasmussen, Dick Rasmussen, Vicki Murken, Tim Quinlin, Ted Rapp, Bob Mitchell, Ryan Penning and Nick Lenox.
All media inquiries should be directed to Amy Baker, (515) 965-6414 or [email protected].