Courage Center is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Minnesota’s first softball field for competitive wheelchair play.
The softball team, Minnesota Rolling Twins, won a $200,000 grant through the Major League Baseball/Pepsi Refresh Project. That funding made a new field possible. .
The ball field will be named after Todd Anderson. According to a Courage Center press release, Anderson was a recognized expert and innovator in the design of artificial limbs. A motorcycle accident left him as a single leg amputee. He went back to school to become a prosthesis maker and became active in adaptive sports, particularly wheelchair softball, in which he went on to help win national championships for Courage Center teams. He passed away at the young age of 50.
The grand opening will take place August 9 at Northwoods Park in Brooklyn Park with a home run derby. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.