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A Piece of the Past - February 2007
Baseball is for everyone, including children who may have trouble running, hitting or throwing.
A reminder of the hard work of volunteers and fun by members of Challenger Little League teams is on display at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The medal commemorates the inaugural Challenger Little League Baseball World Jamboree held last May in Norfolk, Va. The weekend event drew nearly 100 teams from throughout the United States and was an expansion of the Challenger Tournament and Fun Weekend which began in 1992 with 16 teams.
Members of the teams received medals like the one on display in the museum’s Showcase Room. The colorful medal, designed to be worn around a player’s neck, is suspended on a red, white and blue ribbon.
Pictured on the medal are a boy and a girl, who are seated in wheelchairs. The Little Leaguers, under the watchful eye of a buddy, are determining which team will be the first to bat. The background of the medal is a baseball diamond and the perimeter holds the words: “First Annual Little League Baseball Worldwide Challenger Jamboree 2006.”
The Challenger Division began in 1989 to provide boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18 who have disabilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the game of baseball. Challenger baseball features buddies who help their partners by assisting the players when needed.
The Challenger Division exhibit features several other items from the inaugural event – a 2006 patch, official mug, jamboree shirt, program and a pamphlet.
Virginia District 8 is to host the second annual Challenger Little League Baseball World Jamboree from May 11 through 13 at the Azalea Little League Complex in Norfolk, Va.
Teams are registering and to date four teams from outside the United States have committed to attending the jamboree. Additional information about the event can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/2007_challenger_jamboree.asp
The museum is at 525 Route 15 Highway about two miles south of Williamsport. It is open for its winter hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Summer hours are from Memorial Day through Labor Day and are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. The facility is accessible to the disabled.
Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; and $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates, tours, birthday parties and building rentals are available. For more information, call the museum at 570-326-3607, or click here for more information.