Field No. 1, begun by the city of Moody but built with the support of Alabama Lions. Moody Lion Jane Barker recalls how she and her husband, Lion Vernon Barker, both past district governors, traveled the state in 2001 to gain the support of Alabama Lions, churches, and busi-nesses for the field, collecting more than US$150,000 in donations in the name of the Moody Lions. Lions of Alabama matched an LCIF grant for US$100,000. “We were the third field and the first in Alabama, opening in 2002,” Jane Barker says proudly. Now there are four such fields in the state.” “When they hit that ball and start going around the bases in their wheel-chair or on their walker, they have smiles that go from one side of their face to the other.” “The Lions truly led that Congo line,” says Miracle League Presi-dent Diane Alford. “They did a fantastic job.” And they plan to continue to as the field draws 150 to 200 par-ticipants from seven counties, some coming 80 miles to play base-ball on a field where the fear of injuries is diminished and crowd support is overwhelming. The Moody Miracle League is hosting annual 5K runs to raise money and replace their 15-year-old field, says the league’s volunteer executive director Steve Sebastian. Players, age 2 to 69 last year, also enjoy movies under the stars on the field in the summer. “There’s not a Lion who would turn their back on a Miracle League field,” says Jane Barker who recently helped her husband put a fresh coat of paint on the sign at the field. “It’s amazing. There are no outs. No errors. Everybody bats until they hit the ball, and everybody cheers for everybody. When they hit that ball and start going around the bases in their wheelchair or on their walker, they have smiles that go from one side of their face to the other. You don’t forget something like that.” (Left) Miracle League players enjoy the game of baseball with the help of “buddies.” (Third from top) Nick Taylor, son of Lions Debbie and Larry Taylor, enjoyed the sport for many years before he passed away at age 28.