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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2014 > January-April > Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series to Feature teams from Detroit, Mich., and Vancouver, British Columbia

Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series to Feature teams from Detroit, Mich., and Vancouver, British Columbia

Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series to Feature teams from Detroit, Mich., and Vancouver, British Columbia

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For the first time in the game’s 14-year history, the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the Little League Baseball® World Series will feature an international competition. Teams from Clinton Valley Little League from Clinton Township, Mich., just north of Detroit, and Little Mountain Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will take the field for the 2014 game. It is the first time a team from outside the United States will play at the annual event held at Volunteer Stadium on the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23.

“The first international team to play at the Little League Baseball World Series came from Vancouver to Williamsport in 1953,” said Sam Ranck, Little League Challenger Division Director. “It’s only fitting that the great program at Little Mountain should be recognized as the first international team to play in the Exhibition Game. We’re looking forward to showcasing the hard work and dedication of all players, parents and volunteers of both Little Mountain and Clinton Valley Little League Challenger Divisions this summer.”

As part of the 75th Anniversary of Little League, the organization is also celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Little League Challenger Division, which gives the opportunity for physically and developmentally challenged boys and girls to play baseball and softball. Both Anniversaries will be recognized as part of the Exhibition Game this August. For the past three years, the game has also been broadcast live on northeastern Pennsylvania’s and the Central Susquehanna Valley’s PBS Station, WVIA, thanks to the support of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

The Clinton Valley Little League Challenger Division celebrated its 20th Anniversary last year and has grown from 12 players to more than 100 Little Leaguers. They have two divisions and are expecting to have eight teams for the physically and developmentally challenged boys and girls to play on this year.

“I was so pleased to experience, first hand, the excitement of watching the Challengers play a game at Volunteer Stadium,” said Marilyn Wittstock, Assistant District Administrator for Clinton Valley Little League Challenger Baseball and the 2009 recipient of the Little League Challenger Award. “It’s a dream come true to be able to bring a Challenger team to be a part of the Little League Baseball World Series experience.”

Little Mountain Little League has one of the richest histories of any local Little League program. They are the oldest league located outside of the United States, and were the first Little League team in Canada, chartering in 1951. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Little Mountain Little League Challenger Division. Their two teams have given opportunities for hundreds of children to play Little League over the past 20 years.

“Of all the memorable experiences to be had at Little League, I am most proud of seeing our Challengers out on the field,” said Kris Gustavson, Little Mountain Little League Challenger Division Coordinator. “Through the dedication of all our tireless volunteers, we are thrilled that our Challenger Division players will get to have their own amazing Williamsport experience.”

The 2014 Little League Baseball World Series will be held at Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums at the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., from Aug. 14 to 24. In addition to the Little League Challenger Division Exhibition Game on Saturday, Aug. 23, the World Series will mark the culmination of Little League’s year-long 75th Anniversary Celebrations. To learn more about Little League’s history and our Diamond Anniversary initiatives, visit LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.