The Little League Challenger Division allows the opportunity for physically and intellectually challenged boys and girls to play baseball and softball. This year, Little League launched the Senior League Challenger Division, which allows individuals, regardless of age, the ability to participate in Little League. The two teams playing in this year’s Challenger Exhibition Game have a great history of supporting their communities and providing meaningful Little League opportunities.
Over the past eight years, the First Colony Little League Challenger Division has grown to six teams consisting of 96 players. Bringing a local flair to their Challenger Division, First Colony Little League refers to the division as “The Dream League” with more than 150 buddies who are called the “Angels in the Outfield.”
“It was difficult picking our players as we had 45 of our league’s 100 Challenger players signed up to be considered,” says Bruce Hicks, a volunteer for First Colony Little League Challenger Division since it began in 2007. “I have heard from so many of the families telling us their child was super excited about being chosen for the team.”
The State College Little League Challenger Division has been a part of the Challenger Division since Little League International established the program in 1989. One of the first Little League Challenger Divisions in the world, State College Little League has 30 participants.
“Our team is looking forward to playing on a larger field and representing the Challenger Division as a whole,” says Tom Tkach, the current coordinator and manager for the State College Little League Challenger Division. “Since we are somewhat local, we hope to have the community in the stands supporting us.”
The 2015 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. 20 to 30.