Miracle League field vandalized in Manitowoc

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) - An act of vandalism at a baseball diamond designed for special needs children is under investigation in Manitowoc. Local 5's Kris Schuller shows us the mess someone made for the Miracle League of the Lakeshore.

On the Miracle League's field in Manitowoc  the evidence is everywhere of fireworks set off on this custom designed rubberized surface - where 96 special needs children run and play.

“Here's an example of some of the debris that we had on the field,” said Laura Ziemer, the league’s founder. “The back of the field was full of paper and debris from fireworks and we had three or four large black spots on the field.”

Ziemer found this debris along with stains and burn mark, just an hour before a game was to start Thursday evening. She knew it had to be cleaned up quickly.

“I quick ran home grabbed a leaf blower called a couple people to bring leaf blowers and some brooms and we got it all cleaned up in 40 minutes before the game started,” said Ziemer. “It was very important for us to try and get as much done as we could so the kids didn't see it.”

Ziemer says what makes this act of vandalism so shocking and so sad -  it that for the kids in the Miracle Llague this field is their sanctuary.

“This is their safe place and them coming to a place that had been vandalized gives them insecurity and we don't want that, we want them to feel safe here,” said Ziemer.

Whoever made the mess - climbed over locked gates and ignored signs warning of video surveillance - to damage this community’s field of dreams.

“The community came together and spent over $475,000 to put in our field and accessible playground,” Ziemer said.

 Now police are investigating - looking to see who may have rented a pavilion nearby, while Ziemer removes debris - protecting this field vandalized on the 4th of July.

“We want this field to be around a long time and we have to keep it safe,” Ziemer said.

 

Ziemer says she's still unsure if sections of the field will need to be repaired. 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Veterans Day Salutes
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Tundraland Free Bath Makeover 2017
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Home for the Holidays 2017
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Storm Team 5 Skyview Network
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Burkes Big Bucks 2017
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News