In a few months, this empty field will be turned into a place of spirit and hope exemplified by the life of Will Norton, 18. The Joplin High School Graduate lost his life in the May 22nd tornado.
"I think it's only fitting that this field, this rotary field, be named Will and it's my greatest hope it will impact and change as many lives as Will did," states Mark Norton, Will Norton's Father.
Today, Rotary Club members broke ground on the "Will Norton Miracle Field." It will have special features including, a surface that's flatter than normal. That will give children with disabilities who may have trouble on a normal field, the chance to play.
"Our son was always about helping others and it just fits his legacy so well. We know this is exactly what he would love to be a part of," states Mark Norton.
At one time, the park was just a pipe dream for Rotary Club Member, Jenny Hocker. Now, her vision is coming to life. Kids who have been used to the sidelines can be front and center and the life of Will Norton, remembered forever.
"If he was in the crowd and saw someone not participating, he would get someone to fit in and this fits. With this, it is all about giving every child the chance to be a member of the team and I think this is exactly what will would love to be apart of," states Hocker.
The Will Norton Miracle Field is expected to be build in 90 days. Rotary Club members hope the first pitch can be thrown in the Spring of 2013.