The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York has announced that the organization has received a $5,000 donation from the M&T Charitable Foundation to support the building of the Miracle League Field and complex at Veteran's Park in Grand Island, which provides a safe and inclusive environment for young athletes with disabilities to have the opportunity to play baseball and participate in team sports.
M&T Bank believes that it is its responsibility as a corporate citizen to add value to the communities in which it operates. As part of that philosophy, the bank contributes to local organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for its customers, its employees and its community. Charitable contributions are made though The M&T Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of M&T Bank. In 2011 the Foundation contributed more than $17.1 million to over 4,100 not-for-profit organizations, focusing on programs that directly impact education, arts/sciences, civic, and health and youth services.
The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York opened its specially designed baseball diamond in 2011 at Veterans Park. The diamond has a synthetic, cushioned surface with inlaid instead of raised bases. Uneven dirt, turf and raised bases can be dangerous obstacles for players who are visually or physically challenged. The synthetic field is much easier and safer to navigate for athletes using walkers and wheelchairs. The complex will include the fully accessible field, concession stand, pavilion and a playground when completed. The first full season of play is scheduled for the summer of 2012.