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.