A Dream Come True - Opening Day May 16, 2009

Jaime M. Adams Field

Jaime M. Adams Field is the first multi-sport facility in the United States designed specifically for special needs athletes. With the help of the Town of East Greenbush, who generously provided space in the Town Park, along with many other generous sponsors and volunteers, Jaime M. Field has become a dream come true. The field officially opened for use on May 16, 2009.

The field plays host to baseball, football, soccer and Track & Field, providing a full-service athletic home for the Capital Region's special needs-athletes. Jaime M. Adams Field provides the safety features and amenities which all special-needs athletes, family members and volunteers deserve.

Field Facts:

  • Jaime M. Adams Field Officially opened on May 16, 2009 with a ceremony led by Burke Adams and special guest, Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda.
  • Jaime M. Adams Field is the first multi-purpose special needs athletic facility in the United States to offer baseball, football, soccer and track and field.
  • Jaime M. Adams Field was designed to easily accommodate special needs athletes with wheelchairs, walkers and other physically assistive devices.
  • Jaime M. Adams Field was constructed out of special materials to ensure the health and wellbeing off all athletes, coaches and volunteers.
  • Jaime M. Adams Field features covered dugouts to provide shade and shelter from the rain.

Next Steps:

  • The Capital Region Miracle League is working to construct a clubhouse with handicap accessible bathrooms, concessions, storage and a press box.
  • The League also plans to install lights for night games.
  • For easier access, the League also plans to pave the parking lot.
  • A playground and family pavilion will also be constructed.

Board of Directors

Burke T. Adams, Founder, President & Parent of Special Needs Athlete
Burke has worked to provide athletic and social opportunities to the special needs community since 1993. His dedication led him to found the first Special Needs Pop Warner Flag Football program and the first NFL-affiliated Special Needs Football Program. He began the push to establish the Capital Region Miracle League in 1999. Burke attended Albany Business College after graduating from Cardinal McClosky High School. He is retired from his position as a Supervisor Computer Operator with NYS.

Daniel B. Adams, Trustee
Dan is in charge of the legal aspects of the East Greenbush Miracle League, Inc. Dan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College in 2000, his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and his Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 2004. He was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2004.

Linda J. Baker, Secretary & Parent of Special Needs Athlete
Linda is a driving force behind the League’s ability to offer athletic and social opportunities on a regular basis. Linda received her Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from HVCC in1998 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College in 2012. She is currently employed as a Health Program Administrator with the NYS Department of Health.

Brendan S. Casey, Board Member
Brendan manages the Capital Region Miracle League’s marketing and communications efforts. Brendan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University in 2001 and his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Albany in 2003. He currently holds the position of Vice President at MB&A Communications in Schenectady, NY.

James F. Moore, Vice President & Trustee
Jim leads the planning and design efforts for the East Greenbush Miracle League, Inc. Jim is a registered architect and certified planner. He received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees from the University at Buffalo and earned an AAS in Civil Engineering Technology from Hudson Valley Community College.

James S. Washock, Vice President & Parent of Special Needs Athlete
Jim has been with the League for over 14 years, directing the baseball program and coaching football. He is also responsible for community outreach and fund raising. James is a US Navy Seabees veteran with over 25 years of honorable service. Jim is retired from BASF, Callanan Industries, Inc. and Local 106.

Wall of Fame Sponsors

Daniel B. Adams – Manager
Jaime Adams is Dan's younger sister and the inspiration of his life. When Dan's Father, Burke, imagined this wonderful field that would allow not only Jaime, but all other special-needs athletes, to play sports, Dan immediately asked how he could help. Since the day Dan took Jaime to his Senior Prom, he had thought that Jaime could experience many, if not all, of the things that able-bodied individuals could. His Father's creation only proved that. Dan has been honored to assist in the field's creation by serving on its board, donating and providing legal counsel, but Dan has been much more impressed with those hundreds of companies and individuals that have assisted in the field's creation without having such a personal interest as does he.

Noble Gas Solutions – Pitcher
Noble Gas Solutions, established in 1940, is a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, welding equipment, and industrial supplies serving the entire 19–county Tech Valley area. Noble Gas Solutions employs 38 people in our two locations: Albany and Kingston. Noble Gas Solutions provides solutions to its welding, industrial and medical customers. They have put a significant amount of investment in New Economy applications like specialty gas solutions for the area’s emerging high technology sector, including semiconductor processing, laboratory analysis, and biotechnology. Visit us on our website at www.noblegassolutions.com.

Hannay Reels – Catcher
Hannay Reels provides all industries around the globe with the best durable metal reels of all types (hose, cable, storage) which improve productivity, efficiency and safety of their operations. With thousands of their standard hose reel and cable reel models, plus unmatched custom design and manufacturing capabilities, Hannay is the world leader in OEM, industrial and commercial applications. Reels vary from hand portable to over 12 feet in length. Hannay is producing over 80,000 reels per year for industries including grounds maintenance, mining, fuel and aviation, fleet transportation, fire protection and rescue, audio/video, and all industrial applications. Hannay Reels is proud to be a family run, modern company with state–of–the–art facilities. All products are manufactured from scratch in the USA, with the best materials available for their product. Quality control and customer service are the keys to Hannay Reels success since 1033. Contact: Hannay Reels Inc., at 1.877.GO.REELS or www.hannay.com.

Citizens Bank – 1st Base
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven–state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 212 branches and 268 ATMs in New York. RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $159 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13–state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non–branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com.

Martin Electric & Hart Engineering – 2nd Base
Martin Electric is a certified Woman’s Business Enterprise organization that has provided the Capital District with high quality, on–time services since 1939. Specializing in design/build, commercial, industrial and pharmaceutical construction, Martin Electric’s goal is to exceed industry standards for quality and safety while providing our customers with economical solutions. Our services include Electrical System Design for Design/Build & New Construction, Life Safety & Security, Lighting & Traffic, Emergency Back–Up Power Systems, and Critical Power for Data Centers. Our clients include: Computer Sciences Corporation, MetLife, NYS Department of Transportation, CNA Insurance, Regeneron, and Lexis–Nexis – Matthew Bender. Visit us on our website at www.martinelectric.com.

Hart Engineering
Hart Engineering has provided civil engineering services to the local Rensselaer County area for 20 years. We offer a full range of civil engineering services, including commercial site planning, residential subdivisions, soils/site evaluations, water distribution system design, and sewer/septic design for individual residences, businesses and local municipalities. Much of our work is concentrated in the East Greenbush, Schodack, North Greenbush and Sand Lake area. Notable projects include Huntswood Estates, Luther Woods, Kinderhook Bank, Bon Acre Development, East Greenbush Town Parks, Mabey's Moving and Storage, and Saxton Sign.

Price Chopper – Shortstop
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates more than 115 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Founded in 1932, the family–owned company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Moving into its fourth generation of family management, Golub’s approximately 24,000 associates collectively own 51% of the company’s privately held stock. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com.

The Anderson Group – 3rd Base
The Anderson Group is a full–service commercial property developer and manager currently serving the Capital–Saratoga region of Upstate NY. Founded in 1966, they have designed and constructed numerous first–class office, retail and industrial properties throughout the Northeast. In advancing the needs of their high–tech clients, The Anderson Group also specializes in the construction of computer facilities, sophisticated communications centers and advanced data facilities. Family owned and operated since its inception, The Anderson Group currently owns and manages over 600,000 square feet of commercial property located minutes from downtown Albany, Albany International Airport and major highways in the Capital Region. Please visit our website at www.tagny.com for more information.

Northeast Sub–Contractors Association – Left Field
Northeastern Subcontractors Association, Inc. (NESCA) is a non–profit tradeassociation representing over 475 eastern New York subcontractors, specialty contractors and material suppliers. Founded in 1971, NESCA is a full–service organization committed to serving the needs of its members located in the Capital District, Hudson Valley, north country and Binghamton areas. www.nesca.org. A group of five members of NESCA came together to support the Miracle League:

  • Rose & Kiernan, Inc., headquartered in East Greenbush, NY, is an employee–owned insurance agency that sells and services all forms of insurance including coverage for personal auto and homeowners, commercial businesses, individual and group life and health benefits, and fidelity andsurety bonding. www.rkinsurance.com.
  • Alltek Energy Systems, Inc., of Waterford, NY designs, builds and services HVAC, Refrigeration, Plumbing, Mechanical and Control Systems for Federal/State, Commercial and Industrial buildings. www.alltekenergy.com.
  • The Woodward Company of Albany, NY distributes fasteners for industry or construction. The leader in the distribution of threaded fastening products, the company has been in business since 1819. www.woodwardfasteners.com
  • Campito Plumbing & Heating, Inc. of Latham, NY is an industrial and commercial mechanical plumbing heating & air conditioning contractor. In business for over 50 years, Campito is recognized as one of thelargestmechanical contractors in the Capital District and surrounding area. www.campito.com
  • First Niagara Bank, headquartered in Lockport, N.Y., offers personal and commercial banking, investment and insurance products in 24 counties throughout New York State, with a workforce of 1,800 and 120 branches that across upstate New York. www.fnfg.com

Callanan Industries – Center Field
Callanan Industries is a leading supplier of paving materials and construction services in New York State, providing a complete range of high quality aggregates, asphalt paving, and readymix concrete products to state, federal, municipal, commercial, and private customers. One of the most experienced paving materials suppliers in the country, Callanan Industries was founded by Peter Callanan in 1883 in South Bethlehem, New York, as an aggregate mining company. A forward thinking farmer and entrepreneur, Callanan pioneered the concept of a state highway system, and in 1895 won the first road building contract let by New York State. Callanan Industries was purchased by Oldcastle, Inc. in 1985. Oldcastle, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multi–national Dublin, Ireland based CRH–PLC (ticker symbol CRH). In 2008 Callanan Industries will be celebrating 125 years as a company serving New York State with paving materials and construction services. Visit Callanan at our website www.callanan.com.

John Ray & Sons – Right Field
John Ray & Sons, one of the largest fuel suppliers in Upstate New York, was established in 1904 in Troy, as an ice delivery service. Since its founding, John Ray & Sons has been there for its customers with prompt fuel delivery, reliable service and products that are proven but still a step ahead of the times. John Ray was one of the first fuel distributors in New York State to offer renewable fuel alternatives at the retail level – biodiesel for vehicles and bioheat for homes and commercial facilities.

Ken Ray, company president, is the third–generation of his family to own and operate the business. “Our mission,” Ray said, “is to always remember people first. We earn our customers’ loyalty through outstanding customer service with a “do–whatever–it–takes” philosophy.” The company provides a guaranteed supply of high–quality home heating oil, propane and biofuels, and a wealth of services including expert technicians for installation and repair of heating and cooling systems, 24–hour emergency service, and propane tank installation/set–up and monitoring. For additional information, call 518–272–4432 or visit www.johnray.com.

Warren W. Fane Inc. – Designated Hitter
Warren W. Fane Inc., headquartered in Troy, NY, provides site development work and trucking services. In business for over 50 years, the company employs over 100 people. On the site development side, the company provides the Capital District with residential and commercial excavation services, including bulldozing, trenching and water lines; sales of sand, gravel, topsoil, and stone; heavy machinery work; and materials hauling. On the trucking side, the company provides transportation services, including hauling building materials and contractor’s heavy equipment, throughout the Northeast. For additional information, please contact Warren Fane at 235–5531.

Rifenburg Companies – Relief Pitcher
Rifenburg is one of Upstate New York’s oldest and largest family–owned construction firms. Specializing in earth moving and restoration of all kinds, Rifenburg makes quick work of landfill expansions and closures, site work, highway and bridge expansion and utility installations. Between the headquarters in Troy, NY and a regional office in Raleigh, NC, Rifenburg has over 340 hardworking employees and can staff a project of any size. Working across the Northeast, Rifenburg is recognized as a leader in getting projects completed on time and safely. In 2000, one of Rifenburg’s largest projects was named by OSHA as a VPP site; one of only two such sites to get this distinction in the United States. Our North Carolina office has successfully targeted site preparation for national and international clients in the Raleigh Durham corridor. With project ranging from new highway construction to site work for a new Japanese transmission assembly plant, we love the work and our clients love us. Visit us on our website at www.rifenburg.com.