Encompass announced this week that it is proud to return as a 2018 sponsor of Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s Challenger Baseball, an adaptive sports program for boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges.
Challenger is a team that gives children ages 5-18 (or up to 22 if still enrolled in a school program) with physical or developmental challenges an opportunity to play baseball in a low-pressure environment. All Challenger players are paired with a typically developing peer “buddy” to assist them with batting, base running, and defense, but only as needed.
There are more than 900 Challenger programs around the world, spanning 10 countries, and SVLL is thrilled to be one of two leagues in the area to field Challenger teams. Flexibility, adaptability, and fun are the top priorities of the program.
“I always dreamed that my boys would grow up and play sports like I did,” says Marsha Quinn, Challenger Coach/Director and parent. “For my son Camden, autism made that dream difficult, but Challenger Baseball made it a possibility.”
Games take place on Sunday afternoons late April through mid-June at Torguson Park in North Bend and Pine Lake Park in Sammamish. The team also travels to a jamboree in Woodinville.
If you are interested in supporting Challenger as a buddy or player, you can register online at www.svll.net/registration. Buddies participate at no charge; players have a minimal cost of $35, and scholarships are available.