Decathlon will help bring baseball to Plymouth

Decathlon will help bring baseball to Plymouth
June 24, 2010, Plymouth Journal

One of the newest business owners in Plymouth is hoping to help bring a ‘miracle’ to the community. Alex Parent, owner of Sun & Snow Sports on Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail, said he’s hosting a ‘backyard decathlon’ to help generate funds for a proposed ‘miracle’ field that will be located behind Central Middle School.

The field, proposed by the Miracle League of Plymouth, will be a place where children of all capabilities will be able to play baseball. “The reason we have decided to help out with this cause is that being a part of the community is very important to us,” said Parent “My brother and I have lived in Plymouth our whole lives, and giving back to a city that has given us so much is very fulfilling.”

Debra Madonna, co-chair of the Miracle League project, said Parent approached her during the open house for the shop and expressed a willingness to help out. “Having that kind of support for an endeavor like this-that’s important for anyone,” she said. The Backyard Decathlon takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in Kellogg Park. A series of games will be set up throughout the downtown fixture, including Bocce Ball,  Badminton, Washers, Ladder Ball, Horseshoes and Lawn Darts.

There will also be a Disc Golf Putt Challenge and a Putting Green Challenge, said Madonna. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children to participate in all the games, she said. Those interested can go into the store and pay for a wristband. “It should be fun for families and it’s a little bit different,” said Madonna.

Parent said 5 percent of the net sale proceeds of the day will go toward the effort, too. Sun & Snow Sports opened recently in the city; it is the second location for the store, which offers a wide variety of ski and beach related apparel and equipment. The other is in Ann Arbor. Madonna said the Miracle League hopes to have a ground breaking for the fully handicapped accessible field next April.

The field will be funded entirely through donations and sponsorships. She said it will take about $1.1 million to pull it off, which will include funds set aside to pay for ongoing maintenance issues. Fund-raising efforts are under way. She said the Miracle League is also working with the Plymouth Rotary clubs, as well as the Plymouth-Canton Community School District on a long-term lease for the site. She said the fundraising will take place through events, individual donations and corporate donations.

“For a project like this, there really is never bundles of money laying around,” she said. “Every contribution counts.” Parent said he hopes for a good turnout on Saturday to help get the project going. “The Miracle League is a great project, that will be very unique to Plymouth and to Michigan,” he said. “It’s something we are very proud to say we helped with.”