Building an Inclusive Community
In 2007, CASE Credit Union's Board of Directors established CASE Cares, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization. CASE Cares then worked collaboratively with DeWitt Charter Township to bring The Miracle Field to mid-Michigan. A barrier-free ballpark with a specially designed rubber field surface, The Miracle Field is now home to The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan. The land for the field was donated by DeWitt Charter Township, and thanks to many generous donations and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, ground was broken for this project in August of 2011, including barrier-free restroom facilities and a concession stand.
The Miracle Field is located in Valley Farms Park in DeWitt Charter Township. A volunteer-board guides strategic development of the MLMM for sustained growth, and DeWitt Area Recreation Authority oversees and implements league play and activities.
The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan is currently serving participants from 20 municipalities, including:
Lansing, Delta, Holt, Ovid, East Lansing, City of DeWitt, DeWitt Township, Potterville, Grand Ledge, Williamston, Charlotte, Dimondale, Haslett, Leslie, Jackson, Okemos, Ithaca, St. Johns, Mason and Eaton Rapids.
In the inaugural season, MLMM had 67 athletes and 46 volunteer buddies. The league has grown substantially and now accommodates 100+ athletes and 80+ volunteer buddies each season.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Get to know the faces behind MLMM!
Chad has been a parks and recreation professional since 2002 starting as a program coordinator running summer camps, special events, after-school programs and sports. As Director of the DeWitt Area Recreation Authority he’s been instrumental in addressing the growing mental health needs for the community by partnering with Community Mental Health and trying to create safe and accommodating programming for children to be more comfortable with themselves and others.
Chad values continuing education and life-long learning and is the current president-elect for the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks). He is currently the chair of the mParks Professional Recognition Committee, has served as the chair of the Southern Michigan Recreation and Park Association and the mParks Student Committee, as well as being a member of the mParks Athletic, Programming, Scholarship and Constitution committees.
Chad loves playing soccer, pickleball and bowling and trivia as well as coaching youth baseball.