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Fifth Annual Western Region Challenger Jamboree Coming to Dublin, Calif.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 23, 2009) – Local Little League administrators, parents and special needs children will gather in Dublin, Calif., on May 22-24, 2009 to participate in the fifth annual Western Region Challenger Jamboree. This Little League event is one of several to be hosted in the coming months by Little League Baseball and Softball at various locations across the country.

The Challenger Division, which was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball and Softball, enables 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.

The Challenger Jamboree is aimed at sharing Little League’s services and educational materials with local leagues chartering Challenger Division teams, while giving the Little Leaguers the opportunity to play games. The event will be coordinated by Little League volunteers from California District 57.

There are nearly 1,800 teams and more than 26,000 players in Little League’s Challenger Division. Chartered Little Leagues can host their own Challenger team or teams. A district-wide program also is a possibility. In this structure, networking among leagues is greatly improved as players and teams throughout a district come together for games.

More information on the Western Region Challenger Jamboree can be found at: karenbeekley@yahoo.com; or by contacting Bob Eckel, at: 925-943-6846.  Information is also on the California District 57 website, at: http://www.eteamz.com/ca57.