New Olathe baseball field to let children with disabilities play the game

OLATHE, Kan. - A young man's dream will come true Wednesday as crews prepare to break ground on a new specialized baseball field in Olathe.

Ricky Hernandez, of Shawnee, was born with cerebral palsy. He's always loved baseball and never let his disability get in the way of playing his favorite sport.

Eight years ago, The Dream Factory built a custom baseball diamond at Hernandez's home. Since then, Hernandez has hosted baseball games for the Miracle League of Olathe, giving children the opportunity to play the game he loves.

On Wednesday, crews will break ground on a new field at the Olathe Northwest High School Athletic Complex. The new field will be able to accommodate more children with disabilities to allow them to play baseball.

Hernandez will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

The new adaptive field was made possible through a partnership between the Kansas City Royals & Royals Charities, Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

A similar field is being built in Independence at McCoy Park. Crews broke ground for that field on Tuesday.

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