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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2004 > Your Challenger Program Might be Eligible for Grant from Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Your Challenger Program Might be Eligible for Grant from Baseball Tomorrow Fund

In August 2004, it was announced that Little League’s Challenger Division has received a $150,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

In the coming year, newly-chartered Challenger Division programs at local leagues will have the opportunity to submit an application to receive up to $5,000 towards the purchase of uniforms and/or new equipment.

“This contribution by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will help support several thousands of disabled children who relish the chance to play baseball,” said Jim Ferguson, director of the Challenger Division at Little League International. “We extend a sincere thank you to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for helping us make the Little League experience available to more children.”

The Little League Challenger Division was created in 1989 and provides an opportunity for mentally and physically disabled children to participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball among children in the United States, Canada and throughout the world. Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association developed the program as a collaborative effort to ensure the future of baseball. The $150,000 is to be disbursed to qualified and selected local Little League Challenger programs that charter for the first time over the next two years.

Since 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has annually awarded approximately $2 million to youth baseball and softball programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.