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$15,000 Matching Gift Given to COVID Still Can’t Campaign


FAIRFIELD, OH (November 17, 2021)—It’s an anonymous gift of grand slam proportions.


As the COVID Still Can’t campaign benefitting the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields nears the halfway mark, a generous family has offered a $15,000 matching gift in an effort to build momentum and continue spreading an important message. These anonymous donors describe themselves as “huge fans of our all-stars” and have encouraged the entire foundation with their gift.


“The donors who gave so generously had a simple but inspired message when blessing us with this gift,” said Nuxhall Foundation executive director Tyler Bradshaw. “They said ‘Let’s touch tomorrow today,’ which is exactly what we are hoping to do by raising funds to support our next big dream, The Hope Center.”


COVID Still Can’t, the virtual awareness and fundraising campaign supporting The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, began on November 8 and continues through November 30.


This is the second substantial matching gift given to the week-old campaign. Walt Lunsford (9258 Wealth Management) and The Hatton Foundation gifted The Nuxhall Foundation with a $25,000 matching grant to kickstart the fundraising, and donors have stepped up in a big way ever since.


During the COVID Still Can’t campaign, The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields have featured videos and other messages on their Facebook and social media platforms to raise awareness for the special needs athletes and families who find purpose at the facility. Celebrity supporters including Marty Brennaman, Sheila Gray, George Grande, and Sean Casey have offered encouraging video messages during the first half of the virtual campaign. Supporters have been sharing videos, commenting, and giving online at www.NuxhallMiracleLeague.org/donate.


A major portion of the funds raised from this year’s campaign will be dedicated towards construction of The Hope Center: a 28,000 square foot indoor facility for special needs athletes. This one-of-a-kind facility will be home to the Butler County Special Olympics and will feature a basketball arena, adaptable fitness and multipurpose facility, miniature bowling alleys, and other unique amenities designed specifically for athletes with special needs. Remaining funds will be used to fund ongoing operations at the current facility.


“Gifts like these and the matching funds that are given by our supporters put us many steps closer to our vision of creating the world’s most comprehensive campus for our special needs athletes and their families,” said Kim Nuxhall, volunteer president and CEO of The Nuxhall Foundation. “My Dad has to have a huge smile on his face as he looks down over the amazing giving that’s happening in his name.”


Supporters can make donations through November 30 to help meet the matching gift goal.


The Nuxhall Foundation is the legacy foundation for former Major League Baseball pitcher and longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. A central foundation project is The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields—an entirely accessible baseball and recreational facility where every player with every challenge gets every chance to play. More than 200 players between ages 4 to 77 participate in programming at the Miracle League Fields.


How Can Supporters Donate?

· Online Donations: www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org/donate

· Venmo Donations: Send to @NuxhallMiracleLeague (Confirmation Digits: 9548)

· Mailed Donations: The Nuxhall Foundation, P.O. Box 18146, Fairfield, OH 45018-0146


For more information, visit http://www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org/covidstillcant.

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