MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Baseball great David Price is used to throwing strikes, but tonight he’s hitting a home run.
The city of Murfreesboro and Project One Four, a David Price foundation, are teaming together to bring a Miracle Field to Murfreesboro.
The project includes a standard baseball field, a synthetic turf area, a timed 20-yard dash track and an inclusive playground in the area he calls home.
“This is where it all really started for me, at Sportscom at McKnight Field, so it’s good to be back home, it’s good to be a part of where I started playing baseball,” Price told News 2.
The project is big news for Carlee Beam.
“I’ve never been on a team before,” she told News 2.
The 7-year-old girl’s eyes light up when she imagines being part of a team. It’s something her SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, keeps her from taking part in.
“When I get the opportunity to play on a team I’ll meet people who have different abilities and get new friends,” Beam said.
The disease that causes muscles to deteriorate has confined her to a wheelchair most of her life. That makes it difficult for her to take part in sports, but Price is helping remove those barriers.
“That’s part of it, to give them opportunities that we get to do on a daily basis,” said Price.
Now it will also be home for kids like Beam to give their swing at sports.
“Thank you for helping people have an opportunity to at least play something, because some people who are in wheelchairs can’t have the opportunity to like play,” Beam explained.
She said she doesn’t care about winning or losing, she just wants a chance.
“It’s just having a good time and just trying your best.”
It’s a chance her mom is just as excited about.
“Anytime she gets to do something that a typical child gets to I get just as excited,” smiled Kelli Beam.
They hope to open in Spring 2017.