The Western Iowa Networks (WIN) board of directors recently presented a donation to Kellan’s Kingdom in the amount of $20,000 for the Miracle Field that is planned to be constructed in Carroll.
The Miracle Field is still in the planning stages but will be located in Northeast Park in Carroll, near the Kellan’s Kingdom playground. The Miracle Field will be a hard-surface baseball field that will allow people with disabilities to play baseball as part of the Miracle League. Miracle Leagues currently are active throughout the US and Canada, including Des Moines and Sioux City, with another planned for Ames.
One of the goals of this project is to invite people with disabilities from other communities across Iowa to utilize this facility as well as people locally.
“People with disabilities play such an important role in our society. There is so much we can learn from the determination that many display overcoming things that many of us take for granted,” WIN CEO Jeff Roiland said. “We are proud and honored to play a part in providing this experience for not only folks in the Carroll area but the surrounding areas as well.”
Pat and Alie Tigges started Kellan’s Kingdom, a 501(c)(3) organization, in 2017 as a way to raise funds for an all-inclusive playground in Carroll inspired by their son Kellan, who attends Adams Elementary in Carroll. Kellan has a diagnosis similar to cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
That playground was completed in August of 2019, also in Northeast Park.
“Pat and myself would like to say thank WIN for the very generous donation,” Alie Tigges said. “Having the support of WIN will change the lives of individuals with disabilities through this donation. To have a local company make this large of a donation to the Miracle Field and show this much support truly shows how great our community is.
Pending any delays, the group hopes to break ground on the project this fall.