The Toms River Field of Dreams Mission
Our Mission is to provide a complex within the community for children and adults with special needs to enjoy the basic fundamentals of play: an inning or two of baseball paired with a “buddy” on a rubberized baseball field, nine holes of miniature golf on a wheelchair accessible course, adaptive playground equipment on an all inclusive playground, a game of basketball on a rubberized court with collapsible rims, or a stroll on an art encompassed walking path surrounded by a multi-sensory landscape.
You may or may not have read or heard about the monumental effort in Toms River to build a “Field of Dreams.” It is the passion of Christian and Mary Kane, which would benefit those like their six-year old son Gavin and other special needs children. Gavin suffered serious injuries in a car accident nearly five years ago as Christian pulled into the entrance of Toms River High School North where he teaches. The (then) 19-month old spent two months hospitalized and suffered severe brain trauma, but the Kane’s never considered anything but bringing him home.
The Kane family made accessible improvements to their home for Gavin, who is in kindergarten at Silver Bay Elementary School. Gavin communicates by using a tablet computer and gets around thanks to a specialized wheel chair. The Kane’s even built a backyard play area, complete with a trampoline and rubberized surface but realized that most special needs children do not have this opportunity.
With this as the backdrop they envisioned and planned the building of a facility called the “Toms River Field of Dreams.” The Field of Dreams will be located on North Bay Avenue, donated from the township on North Bay. It would include a special needs baseball field, playground, basketball court, miniature golf course, pavilion and snack area. It will also be used for YMCA programs and home to the Frazier Special Needs Baseball Program with the full endorsement of White Sox slugger Todd Frazier.
Of course of project of this nature takes money….about $1.2 million and recent stories have resulted in a promising start to a grassroots effort. We need your help!! Any donation, large or small, will help us reach our goal. We thank you for making this dream a reality..