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Funding needed for special needs baseball field in Valdosta

Ashley Paulk Ashley Paulk

A special rubber baseball field for special needs children was getting closer to becoming a reality in Valdosta Friday.

As of Friday, in the one month since organizers began raising money for the field they had collected around $200,000 of the $400,000 to build the field at Freedom Park.

Miracle League of Valdosta and the Valdosta Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority are working together to make the park a reality.

Current VLPRA board member and former Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk said they are hoping to have the money they need in about two more months.

"We're seein' a lot of interest. A lot of people that are really comin' forward," Paulk pointed out. "It gives these other children the ability to participate and I think that's very important. And, it's not just children. It's adults also."

Paulk said the goal is to have the field ready by the end of the Summer.

For more information about the Miracle League of Valdosta, or to make a donation, visit

There are other similar miracle fields across the country. The closest one to Valdosta is currently in Camden County, but Miracle League of Valdosta and VLPRA officials said it is not as inclusive as the one they are hoping to build will be. 

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