BUTLER COUNTY, OH (March 15, 2022)— The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities (BCBDD) has committed $50,000 to The Nuxhall Foundation to support The Hope Center – a 28,000 square foot indoor facility, which promises brand new recreational experiences in a variety of different sports, ultimately improving the physical and emotional health of all who call it home. That facility will be an addition to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields in Fairfield, OH and will be specially designed to accommodate the needs of people with physical and developmental disabilities. The total cost for the project is an estimated $6.2 million.
From left: Tyler Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Nuxhall Foundation, Larry Tischler, Vice Chair of the Nuxhall Foundation, Bonnie Nuxhall, board member of the Nuxhall Foundation, Kim Nuxhall, Volunteer President & Chairman of the Board of the Nuxhall Foundation, Dale French, President of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Lisa Guliano, Superintendent of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities at the BCBDD board meeting on Thursday, March 10.
The $50,000 donation comes from the Board’s trust fund donated by the Schul Family, which specifies that the funds are to be used for individuals to have opportunities in the community.
“We are so grateful to the Schul Family for their incredible generosity,” said Lisa Guliano, Superintendent of BCBDD. “Because of that trust fund, we are able to make this donation and expand opportunities to individuals and families throughout Butler County.”
“The decision to offer this support to The Nuxhall Foundation was an easy one,” Guliano continued, “We have watched first-hand as they have created opportunities for many of the individuals we support. From ages 4 to 84, people with developmental disabilities have had the opportunity to play ball, enjoy community, and gain friendships because of the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. We can’t wait to see what this expansion offers for residents of Butler County.”
The BCBDD board approved a motion to donate the funds followed by a check presentation at the March 10 board meeting. There to receive the donation were Tyler Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Nuxhall Foundation; Kim Nuxhall, Volunteer President & Board Chairman; Bonnie Nuxhall, Board Member; and Larry Tischler, Vice Chairman.
“I’m gonna try to keep it together here,” said Kim Nuxhall, overwhelmed with emotion as he accepted the check and reflected on the partnership he has personally experienced with the Board. “I can’t think of a better partnership than what you do here. You talk about giving hearts… this was a match made in proverbial heaven, no doubt. We are so grateful and so excited to join up and do great things.”
The Hope Center is currently in the fundraising and design stage with the goal of launching a public campaign this summer. According to the Foundation's recently launched strategic plan, construction of The Hope Center is scheduled to begin in 2023 with the goal of opening the facility in 2024. More information is available online at www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org/hope
The Nuxhall Foundation is the legacy foundation for former Major League Baseball pitcher and longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. A central project of The Nuxhall Foundation 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 78 participate in programs at the Miracle League Fields. For more information, visit http://www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org.
The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides services and supports to over 3,700 Butler County residents so they can successfully live, work, and learn in the community. Supports and services are available life-long through partner agencies or directly provided by the Board. The Board’s primary source of funding is from property tax levies collected annually and the Board was last on the ballot in 2004. Since 2021, the Board has given .5 mills of their 2.0 mills continuing levy back to the community through a temporary rollback.
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