Little League Challenger Division® Plays During Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend
For the sixth straight year, the Little League Challenger Division® was a part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities.
On Friday, July 12, the Glen Oaks (Queens, N.Y.) Little League Challenger Division players took the short trip to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to play in an exhibition game for developmentally and physically challenged baseball players. Volunteers from the New York metro area assisted the players, helping their buddies in the field and at bat. The exhibition game was one of the first official events of the All-Star weekend.
“The Challenger Division is such an important part of the Glen Oaks Little League, and we’re ecstatic that we had this opportunity,” said Mike Allen, Glen Oaks Little League President. “It’s great that our kids got to play here in our hometown, especially for all of our Mets fans on the team.”
The Little League Challenger Division first played during the All-Star weekend in 2008 at old Yankee Stadium, and they have played in every All-Star game since. Established 25 years ago, the Little League Challenger Division provides boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, the opportunity to enjoy all that baseball has to offer. More than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for players in our Challenger Division to get an All-Star experience that very few people ever achieve,” said Sam Ranck, Little League Challenger Division Director. “Major League Baseball has been a great partner in showcasing this program, and we’re grateful to be a part of the All-Star weekend again this year.”