While the Ottawa REDBLACKS took to the field against the Calgary Stampeders at TD Place Sunday, a free family barbecue was being held nearby, to honour a different kind of field. It's still in the works, but could be much closer to completion Monday.
The Miracle League of Ottawa was at the Aberdeen Pavillion for a celebration by TSN and the Kraft Celebration Tour. A free barbecue was held Sunday afternoon.
The Miracle League of Ottawa wants to build the first-ever baseball diamond and playground in Ottawa made specifically for children with special needs.
Rosemary Thomson with the Miracle League of Ottawa tells CFRA $100,000 of the $1 million goal could come their way Monday, if the votes are all there.
Earlier in the summer the Kraft Celebration Tour held an online vote for the top ten communities nominated in the project, with the Miracle League of Ottawa being among them. The community with the most votes will win $100,000. The winner is being announced live on TSN's SportsCentre at 6:00 p.m. Monday. Even if Ottawa is not the winner, Kraft will be donating $25,000 toward the project, for making it into the top ten.
Thomson says the Miracle League's goal is to reach the million dollar mark by Christmas. They've raised over $725,000 already.
And, she says, win or lose, a lot of recognition has been brought to the need for playground facilities designed with special needs kids in mind. Thomson says people love the project.
The diamond and playground will be built on Navan Road at the Notre-Dame des Champs park.