While creating economic strength, stability, and security for town of DeWitt residents has been the driving force for the development of Carrier Park, what also lay at the heart of the project is the Syracuse Challenger Baseball program.
Challenger Baseball is a Little League division that provides children with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to play baseball; the special needs children of Syracuse Challenger Baseball represent the largest single district of the Challenger Baseball program in the United States. However, until 2016, those kids and their families did not have a “home” for their extraordinary program.
Through a relationship dating back to childhood between DeWitt Supervisor Ed Michalenko and Challenger Director Dom Camberari, the dream of a permanent home for Challenger baseball was born.
The “Field of Dreams” at Carrier Park fulfills that dream to provide the Challenger program a home. Carrier Park is also the first facility in the country to build a fully handicap accessible, fully integrated sports complex available to all children and adults with special needs, as well as able-bodied children and adults; it’s a special place where children and adults of all abilities can play.
The key to making the dream of Carrier Park a reality is the partnership between the Town of DeWitt, Carrier Corporation, and Syracuse Challenger Baseball.