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Second Annual World Challenger Jamboree Set for Spring 2007

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 16, 2006) - Virginia District 8 will host the second annual “Challenger Little League Baseball World Jamboree” May 11-13, 2007 at the Azalea Little League Complex in Norfolk, Va.The jamboree will include games, tours, picnics and other special events. 

Teams are currently registering, and to date, four teams from outside the United States have committed to attending the Jamboree.

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, featuring 16 teams. Last year’s inaugural jamboree was an expansion of the Challenger weekend, and drew nearly 100 teams from throughout the United States.

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.

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.