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Thursday, 31 May 2018 13:28


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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Little League® has announced its first ever Challenger Division game under the lights at the West Side Rec Fields on June 1, with ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m.     The Little League Challenger Division® was established nationally in 1989 and is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.  Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate.  The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 4 to 18; or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school.

“Saratoga Springs Little League’s® adaptive baseball program is in its third year and is only one of a few in the region. It gives our players with specialized needs a place to join in and enjoy playing the game of baseball in our community.  Additionally, we are inviting not only all SSLL parents, but all teachers, teacher aides, therapists, counselors, and other school staff to come out and cheer the players on.  As you make a difference in the school with them, watch them perform on the field for a special night,” said Rob Kelly, Challenger Division Player Agent. 

Challenger player Evan Daikos loves the game of baseball and explains it best, “I like playing baseball! Hitting the ball is my favorite part!”

The evening will begin at 7:20 p.m. with warm ups led by Major league players of the game, Ben and Patrick McKinley, followed by an introduction of each player at 7:30, the 7:45 p.m. ceremonial first pitch and at 7:50 p.m., an invitation for all Little League® players onto the field to stand with the Challenger players for the national anthem. First pitch is 8 p.m. under the lights.

“We hope the entire community comes out this Friday to celebrate these kids and to root them on.  We are so proud of our Challenger Division and all the volunteers and parents who make it possible.  Please come out and support them as they experience this well-deserved honor under the lights,” explained Derrick Legall, President of Saratoga Springs Little League.

Little League Baseball, Inc. is a non-profit organization with the mission “...assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than stellar athletes.”

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