Mission & History

THE MISSION

The Mission of ACCESS of Wilmington is to develop recreational programs and partnerships throughout Southeastern North Carolina to facilitate inclusive activities for children, adult, and veterans with disabilities and their families; thus, positively impacting their health, wellness, and quality of life.

The History

Accessible Coastal Carolina Events, Sports, and Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2008 for the purpose of raising funds to construct The Miracle Field and Playground at Olsen Park in Wilmington, NC.

Since 2013, hundreds of children and adults living with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and other physical, intellectual, and invisible disabilities have utilized the 33,000 square foot rubberized BRAX Stadium PPD Miracle Field. In addition to being physically active, ACCESS participants build confidence, skills, and develop lasting relationships. A countless number of families have visited the Kiwanis Miracle Playground, the largest wheelchair accessible playground in North Carolina, which has become a benchmark for accessible playgrounds across the region.

In addition to Miracle League baseball, ACCESS of Wilmington is increasing opportunities for veterans with physical and invisible disabilities through Project SOAR, a collaborative initiative with the University of North Carolina Wilmington funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. ACCESS also has a signature fitness and wellness program, ACCESS Fit, designed for young adults, adults, and older adults with physical and intellectual disabilities living in our community, as well as those in rehabilitation and care facilities. The ACCESS Fit program has significantly affected the health of participants, and continues to grow each year. 

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THE PROGRAMS

Miracle League Baseball

Accessible baseball league for children and adults living with disabilities; Ages 4+

ACCESS Fit 

A year-round fitness and wellness program designed for young adults, adults, and older adults living with disabilities; Ages 12+

Project SOAR 

 A sport program offering archery, cycling, golf, kayaking, SCUBA, and surfing for veterans living with service-connected illness or injury.

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