The following is a press release from Little League Inc.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 27, 2015) – In 1989, the Little League Challenger Division was established to provide a Little League experience to children with physical and intellectual challenges. In 2001, Little League gave two Challenger Division teams the opportunity to play a game at the Little League Baseball World Series.
“Playing in a World Series is the dream of millions of Little Leaguers around the world,” said the Sam Ranck, Little League Director of the Challenger Division and League Development Manager. “Challenger Exhibition games bring that opportunity to the boys and girls participating in the division, giving them a chance to make some wonderful, lasting memories with their friends.”
This year, for the first time, Challenger Division teams will participate in a game at the Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:45 a.m.
“The Little League Softball World Series Tournaments are some of the most exciting, competitive events in youth softball,” said Sara Thompson, Little League Director of Softball Development. “The Little League Softball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game is one of the favorite things on the schedule in Portland, not only for the fans, but for the teams and players, as well. We are looking forward to bringing these fun, inspirational games to all of the softball tournaments this August.”
Today, more than 30,000 athletes participate in more than 900 Challenger programs in 10 countries around the world. For more information, visit LittleLeagueChallenger.org.