Brewers need your vote in Pepsi Refresh Project contest

The Milwaukee Brewers need your online votes to build the first-ever “Miracle League,” baseball field in Milwaukee. The team, along with 14 other teams in Major League Baseball, have entered the Pepsi Refresh Project Contest, and need the public to help them win a $200,000 grant to build the area’s first universally-accessible baseball league for children with physical or mental disabilities.
The Miracle League of Milwaukee was formed in 2009 and was formed to provide a non-competitive baseball atmosphere for children 4 to 19 with special needs. The proposed complex for the Miracle League would be built at the John C Cudahy YMCA, 9050 N. Swan Road.
“The Miracle League of Milwaukee is thrilled to have been selected by the Milwaukee Brewers as its Pepsi Refresh Project idea,” said Marti Wronski, Brewers vice president and general counsel Marti Wronski.  “Given Brewers fans’ passion for this community and their history of successfully getting out the vote, the Miracle League of Milwaukee already has a head start in its effort to win the $200,000 grant, getting Milwaukee that much closer to building a true field of dreams for children with special needs.”
According to Donna Bembenek, senior vice president of marketing and fund development at the Greater Milwaukee YMCA, the Miracle League hopes to have organized teams and scheduled games before 2012.
The field would feature a custom-designed rubberized turf field to accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices. There are four Miracle Leagues in Wisconsin, including one in Green Bay, the Fox Valley area, Kenosha and La Crosse.
Prince Fielder has been designated as the Brewers player representative for the project.
As part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, each team has proposed  a community project for support. The winning charity will be determined by the one that receives the most votes from fans.  Fans wishing to vote for the Miracle League of Milwaukee have until Tuesday, Aug. 17 to cast their votes at or by texting “BREWERS” to 76462.
The League also plans to build a concession stand, handicap-accessible restrooms, and a handicap-accessible playground in conjunction with the field. 

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