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Challenger Jamboree is This Spring

This spring, Virginia District 8 will host the first “Challenger Little League Baseball World Jamboree” to be held May 11-14, 2006 at the Azalea Little League Complex in Norfolk, Va. The jamboree will include games, tours, picnics and other special events.

All the details about the Jamboree, including information on how your league can take part, can be found here.

A world-wide Challenger jamboree was the concept of Jake Hardison, Virginia State Coordinator and District 8 Administrator. A dedicated supporter and longtime proponent of the Challenger Division, Mr. Hardison began the “Challenger Tournament and Fun Weekend” in 1992, featuring16 teams. The jamboree will be an expansion of the Challenger weekend and is expected to draw between 200 and 300 teams from throughout the United States and around the world.

In 1989, Little League launched its Challenger Division to provide boys and girls with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the game of baseball. Disabled children from the ages of 5-18 are eligible to participate. Challenger baseball features “buddies” who help their partners by assisting the players when needed. During the past 15 years, Challenger baseball has become Little League’s fastest growing division.

For more information on the Little League Baseball Worldwide Challenger Jamboree, please contact Rosa Gregory, Virginia District 8 Challenger Representative at (757) 478-9793, or Jake Hardison, Virginia District 8 Administrator, at (757) 434-2092 or send email to Challenger@va8ll.org.

Media personnel that wish to cover the Challenger Jamboree, or need additional information about the event, please contact Andy Adler, Virginia District 8 Media and Communications at (757) 288-1356 or email media@va8ll.org.