DuBois, PA – Thanks to a beautiful new field in DuBois, now everyone can enjoy the game of baseball!

Yesterday brought out a huge crowd of families to celebrate the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Rose and Dennis Heindl Memorial Field.

It’s what is known as a Challenger Field or a Miracle Field, which provides those with special needs the ability to play baseball in a way that they might not be able to in a regulation field.

The field is level with no raised mounds. The ground is covered in rubber to prevent injuries. The entire field is handicapped accessible, including the dugouts.

Even though the field was made to be able to handle players of all capabilities, the field can also be used by school teams. The girls softball team will call it home, and other teams will practice on the new field.

The field was made possible by state and federal grants, help from organizations such as Pirates Charities, and private donations.

Some of the biggest financial support came from local businessman Denny Heindl, who shares part of the field’s official name.

Listen to the full interview with Denny Heindl.

Bill Cuba, who leads the DuBois Challenger League, says it holds a special meaning for his family, especially for his son Will, who has Down Syndrome. Listen to Bill and Will’s interview.

Guests got the chance to hear from Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting and Pirates president Frank Coonelly. The Pirates Parrot and the Bucco Brigade helped to cheer on the teams. Before and in between the games, there was a dog show by Johnny Peers and his Muttville Comix. The DuBois Little League served free hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There was even a doughnut race, with prizes from Scotty’s Donuts, much like the pierogi races in Pittsburgh.

Maybe the most exciting and heartwarming part of the whole day was getting to see the field get put to use by the kids who will get to continue to play on it.

Video of the dedication ceremony

The DuBois Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and dedication of the Heindl Memorial Field in the DuBois City Park today from 1 until 3, with celebrities from the Challenger Teams and Bob Nutting and Frank Coonelly from the Pittsburgh Pirates! A big thank you to Denny Heindl and his late wife Rose, who made this field possible.Learn more: https://connectradio.fm/heindl-memorial-field-dedication-dubois-pirates-bob-nutting/

Posted by Connect FM on Sunday, August 12, 2018

Video of the DuBois Challenger Little League teams

The first pitch and some of the Challenger teams!

Posted by Connect FM on Sunday, August 12, 2018

Photo of the event

Heindl Memorial Field

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