Challenger Division Teams Selected for Little League Baseball World Series
The two leagues that will be sending their Challenger Division programs to the Little League Baseball World Series have been selected. Representing more than 30,000 Challenger players and more than 900 leagues worldwide will be Lafayette (La.) Little League and Baugo Little League from Mishawaka, Ind.
The game will be played Aug. 27 at Little League Volunteer Stadium, one of the two stadiums used for the Little League Baseball World Series, in South Williamsport, Pa. The Challenger game will be part of the schedule on the final Saturday of the 65th Little League Baseball World Series that also will feature the International and U.S. championship games. The International and U.S. champions advance to the World Championship game on Sunday.
The Challenger game has been a part of the Little League Baseball World Series schedule since 2002.
"Having the opportunity to showcase the Challenger Division as part of the Little League Baseball World Series has been a significant factor in the growth of the program," Sam Ranck, Little League's Director of the Challenger Division, said. "It is an experience the participants and fans will talk about for the rest of their lives."
Lafayette Little League has 60 players in its program, which started in 2008.
"It is an honor to have Lafayette Little League selected to be one of the two teams to play the Little League International Challenger game at the Little League World Series," Val Domingue, the Little League District Administrator for the Lafayette area, said. "This is the first time a Challenger team from Louisiana has been so honored, and it is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the Lafayette Little League Board, and the parents, players and the community who have supported these children."
Baugo Little League has 25 players participating in its program which is entering its 17th season.
"For 16 years, it has been a privilege to have the Challenger Division here at Baugo Little League," Bill Gletty, President of Baugo Little League, said. "Watching the faces of these incredible kids as they take the field is so satisfying, knowing it's not about winning or losing for them but, the opportunity to play the game of baseball. The coaches, kids and parents of the Challenger division show the true meaning of Little League through their teamwork and sportsmanship."
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.
More information on Little League's Challenger Division can be found on the Little League website, at: www.LittleLeague.org; or by contacting Mr. Ranck, Little League's Director of the Challenger Division, at: Challenger@LittleLeague.org.