Miracle League Field
The Town of Vernon and Vernon Public Schools worked in partnership with the Miracle League of Northern Connecticut and the Cal Ripken Foundation to build a multiuse field that allows children with disabilities to play baseball, soccer, lacrosse and other sports.
The approximately $1 million field was constructed during the summer of 2023 by contractors, in-kind services and Town of Vernon Public Works and Parks and Recreation crews. Steve and Laurel Leibowitz came to Vernon Mayor Dan Champagne with the idea for the field. The mayor and School Superintendent Dr. Joseph P. Macary embraced it and the Town Council and Board of Education approved it.
The field has wheelchair accessible dugouts, and special seamless turf to enable vision-impaired children to play on it. Buddies work with athletes during play to help them succeed. The field is intended to be accessible for all children, regardless of ability, and to give all children the opportunity to play and enjoy sports to their ability. Vernon school students have access to the field.
At the time of its construction, the Vernon Miracle League Field was the third such field in Connecticut and will be available to children from throughout the state and region.