It was the culmination of another wonderful season for the District 3 Challenger Division when they hosted a World Series game of their own last Thursday, Aug. 2.
There were more than 20 athletes who participated in the final game of the spring/summer season, but what was more special for these players was the opportunity for them to meet Sherman, the mascot for the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Along with representatives of the team, Sherman presented the District 3 Challenger program with a check for $1,000 that will go a long way toward helping defray costs.
“It was a blast,” said program director Megan Browne. “We had about 25 players, and we were missing some kids. Some people are on vacation, or had some stuff going on. They all had a great time, and to have Sherman and the Shorebirds here made this extra special.”
Now, though, Browne and her husband, Kevan, who together created the District 3 Challenger program, can take some time off to recharge their batteries after a long season.
“Absolutely,” Megan Browne said of taking the break. “We took July off for that reason. We are still fundraising. We might even do a Fall Ball this year, because everybody expressed some interest. I think it will be more of a laidback atmosphere for the fall. It’ll be good weather, as [Thursday] was just so hot.”
The Challenger Division of Little League baseball was founded in 1989 and is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 4 to 18; or up to age 22 if they are still enrolled in school. The Senior League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 15 or older, with no maximum age.
According to the Little League website, there are currently more than 950 Challenger programs in 10 countries around the world. More than 30,000 athletes participate in the Challenger Division every year.
Two of the league’s sponsors this past year were the Allison Stine Real Estate Team in Bethany and the Delmarva Shorebirds.
The Challenger League for District 3 is always looking for donations and/or sponsors to add to their website. Anyone interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor can check out the league’s website at www.de3challengerdivision.com or contact Megan Browne via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Jason Feather