UNION COUNTY — The Miracle League of Union County is “a huge step closer” to raising $75,000 thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Union Rotary Club.
At the beginning of January, MLUC Director Amy Austin announced that the League had received a $75,000 donation from the Timken Foundation of Canton. The grant was awarded following a review by the Foundation of a request from the MLUC for $150,000 to be used for the construction of an all-inclusive playground at Timken Sports Complex.
The Timken Foundation trustees approved a grant of $150,000 but included a matching contingency. Under the contingency, $75,000 will be paid in August and an additional $75,000 paid by the Foundation if a matching amount is raised by the MLUC by the end of July.
On Tuesday, the MLUC’s efforts to raise the required $75,000 match got a big boost during the Union Rotary Club meeting at Covenant Baptist Church when Club President Torance Inman and Rotarian Robbie Littlejohn presented Austin with a $10,000 donation from the club.
“Rotary Club of Union is very proud to be able to participate in the efforts for the Miracle Leauge park and playground equipment,” Inman said. “It is one of the proudest moments the Rotary Club of Union has when it is able to make contributions to our local service groups and organizations.”
Austin thanked the Rotarians for the donation, calling it “a huge step in reaching our goal of $75,000.”
The all-inclusive playground will be designed to enable anyone to play including children and adults with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, injured veterans, seniors with physical challenges, and children with Autism.
Rotary’s donation is the second the MLUC has received since the Timken Foundation award was announced. Shortly after the announcement the MLUC received a private donation of $3,000.
MLUC board members are also holding a fundraising drive, selling bricks to be placed at the new playground for $100 each. In announcing the fundraising drive earlier this month, Austin said the sale of 750 bricks would make up the money to match the second half of the Timken Foundation’s grant. She said that between now and Valentine’s Day the bricks sold will include a small heart to commemorate the kick-off of the effort.
Austin also pointed out that bricks sold for $500 each during fundraising for the Miracle League of Union County’s baseball field and are displayed at the bench coming into the Timken Sports Complex.
Those who would like a brick on the playground walkway for a donation of $100 may call (864) 466-7879, contact a board member, or visit The Miracle League of Union County Facebook page or website at www.themiracleleagueofunioncounty.org.
Miracle League of Union County Director Amy Austin smiles with delight as she is presented with a check for $10,000 from Union Rotary Club President Torance Inman and Rotarian Robbie Littlejohn. The donation will go toward the Miracle League’s efforts to raise $75,000 in order to receive $75,000 from the Timken Foundation of Canton. The MLUC is schedule to receive $75,000 from the Foundation but will receive an additional $75,000 if it raises the required matching amount. The funds will be used to build an all-inclusive playground.
A highlight of The Miracle League of Union County’s future all-inclusive playground at Timken Sports Complex will be a two-bay ZipKrooze, which includes a molded bucket seat with a lock-in-place harness for the stability and security of children with limited upper-body or lower-body strength. This is a two-way ride with built-in elevation to help riders gain momentum at the beginning and slow down at the end of the ride.