Field for kids with disabilities dealing with off-field issues

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) — A field meant to give kids with disabilities big dreams is causing nightmares for some parents and coaches.

A game on Middletown’s Field of Dreams has been a welcome pastime for Anthony Trotter, Jr. and his son.

“This is his second season playing,” said Trotter. “He really enjoys playing.”

But a break from everyday challenges has started getting overshadowed by issues off the field.

“Our dream field is not getting the attention that it deserves,” said Nina Berry, President for the Dream Catchers. “We still have a hole at home plate that’s been there for about six years. Our whole field needs to be realigned.”

Parents and coaches for the Dream Catcher League also say bathrooms, made specifically for kids with disabilities, have not been open.

The Middletown Youth Softball Association, which leases all the fields at Goldman Park from the city, is tasked with maintaining all the facilities.

The group’s president and vice-president declined an on-camera interview with 2 News. They did say, however, many of the problems come from the group being short-staffed. The group is supposed to have at least a dozen members on the board. Only three are actively operating with the group.

The Dream Catcher League is hoping the city will let their group maintain the field.

“We’ve already got our own board,” said Berry. “We’ve already started the paperwork to become our own entity.”

It is an entity the athletes and their parents hope will bring new life to a troubled field.

“They know what it’s like,” said Trotter, Jr. “The parents and the people on the committee would know what they’re dealing with with the children.”

The Dream Catcher League met with Middletown’s Parks and Grounds Committee on Monday night to find out the next steps in securing a lease.

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