David Price donates $300K to build ball field for special needs kids
David Taylor Price who was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and attended Vanderbilt University, has donated $300,000 to build a baseball field for special needs children in his hometown state.
Named Miracle Field, the new ballpark is located in Nashville’s McKnight Park, where the new Boston Red Sox pitcher played baseball as a youngster as well. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday.
“It’s special,” Price told several dozen people in attendance at the park. “One day of a couple of hours of baseball doesn’t raise a lot of eyebrows for myself or a lot of other people, but for these kids it’s something they look forward to every day of the week leading up till Saturday. Just to be a part of that and help put one here in our hometown is very special.”
The new baseball field is expected to open in the spring of 2017, said Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons. It will feature a regular ball field with synthetic turf and boast “lights, scoreboard, covered bleachers and dugouts, a concession building, bathrooms with showers and a ‘boundless playground’ with a rubberized surface that children with and without disabilities can share,” according to a video played at the event, as reported in The Tennessean.
Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal this offseason with the Red Sox. The event also was attended by Price’s parents, Bonnie and Debbie, who through their MLB-playing son’s Project One Four Foundation helped raise funds for Miracle Field.