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Little League Invites Sluggers With Mental and Physical Challenges

Whitefish Bay Little League has chartered its first Challenger Division this year for special needs children ages 4-18, or up to 22 if still enrolled in high school.

For the first time, Whitefish Bay Little League has chartered a special division for boys and girls with mental and physical challenges.

The Little League International organization established the Challenger Division in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable special needs children to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Learn more about the program here.

Whitefish Bay Challenger players will have an opportunity to play against kids from Elmbrook, Menomonee Falls, Grafton and Germantown. Practices will begin in May and games will run for approximately five weeks in late May and June. The Whitefish Bay team will host games at Craig Counsell Park and travel to the other leagues for away games. Each player will also have a "buddy" to help with their positioning and development.

Little League is currently recruiting the inaugural team and crew of buddies. Kids that are ages 4-18, or up to 22 if still enrolled in high school, are eligible to play. Volunteers that are in seventh grade or above can participate as buddies.

The goal is to give Challenger players as close to the same experience as the kids playing in our Pee Wee, Minor, Major and Junior divisions.

Please encourage families of future players and buddies to email their interest to Anne O'Connor or Josh Levy. Their email addresses are listed on the Little League website.

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