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Local Rotary gets award for Miracle Field

Local Rotary gets award for Miracle Field
Posted on 07/27/2020
Iowa Parks and Rec Association's Steve Jordison presents award to Nick Wagner, J.D. Walls, Parks and Rec Director Chad Dyson and Mayor Mike Matson

Congratulations to Quad-City Rotary Clubs for getting the Iowa Parks and Recreation (IPRA) 2020 Service Club Award presented at Davenport City Council Wednesday for their support of Challenger League and the Miracle Field!

In 2014 a local committee was formed to examine the viability of an inclusive ball field in the Quad-Cities. In 2017, the area Rotary Clubs made a commitment to raise $100,000 to help build the field. The Miracle Field is an inclusive ball park that has no raised surfaces. It opened last summer.

Before the field could be built, Rotary held many community events such as a golf outing, Family Fest, Wingfest, Rotary Club Night at the Ballpark along with the collection of private donations. Through the success of these events, Rotary not only met their commitment of raising $100,000 but exceeded it.

IPRA CEO Steve Jordison presented to the award to Rotary’s Nick Wagner and J.D. Walls.

“Without these Rotary members, Challenger League athletes would not have had the opportunity to play and grow through baseball in their community,” Jordison said during the presentation. “With their supportive fundraising, the Miracle Field is now a place where everyone can play inclusively.”

Parks and Recreation Director Chad Dyson nominated the Rotarians for the award, writing they are “the perfect candidate” for the award.

“The Club’s outstanding values of service, friendliness and generosity exemplify exactly what the service club award is designed for,” Dyson wrote in his nomination.

Former Parks and Recreation Director Scott Hoch wrote a letter of support, echoing Dyson’s nomination.

“They were a pleasure to work with and I am confident that they will continue to carry on their positivity through coaching and being buddies for many years to come,” Hoch wrote.