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Group plans special-needs sports complex in Martinsville

December 15, 2008
A not-for-profit group led by an account executive at Clayton-based Ray's Trash Service is raising money to build a sports complex designed for people with special needs.

The facility, dubbed League of Miracles, would be built at the corner of state roads 37 and 44 in Martinsville on 5-1/2 acres of land leased from Faith Church, said Bob Miller, the group's president. Plans call for the project, consisting mostly of rubberized-surface athletic fields suitable for soccer, baseball and basketball, to be built in phases. It could host national wheelchair sports tournaments and would cater to special-needs people of all ages. The total cost is estimated at $1 million.

The group already has raised about $100,000 at a fund-raiser at West Middle School in Martinsville, and has applied for a $538,000 grant from Mooresville's Kendrick Foundation, Miller said. Advocates are also looking for a corporate sponsor.

The organization has set up a Web site at www.leagueofmiracles.org.
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