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Challenger Division Teams to Play Game at Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2006) – For nearly 20 years, Challenger Division has given children with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of participating in Little League Baseball and Softball, and again this year a Challenger game will be played at the Little League Baseball World Series.
On Wednesday, Aug. 23, at noon, Lamade Stadium, home of the Little League Baseball World Series championship game since 1959, will host a game between Front Royal (Va.) Little League and Shamokin-Coal Township (Pa.) Little League.

“Playing a Challenger game at the Little League World Series is absolutely fantastic,” Steve Moff, Pennsylvania District 12 Challenger Divisions coordinator and organizer for this event, said. “Being at the World Series is great because the kids get to shine and their families see them in very positive environment. When the parents see their children on Lamade Field its unbelievable.”

The first Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Division game was played in 2002.

The District 12 Challenger Division team represented the program in the annual Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade through downtown Williamsport on Thursday night. Mr. Moff, the father of two special-needs children (daughter, Syndey, 17; and son, Hunter, 12), marched in the parade with his son.
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball and Softball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5-18 or the completion of high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. To date, the program fields more than 1,800 teams, serving nearly 28,000 players.
Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players, who can participate in one of three levels: Tee-Ball, Coach-Pitch or Player Pitch.