A new baseball program in Cranbrook aims at giving every kid a chance to play and have fun.
Challenger Baseball is a division of Baseball BC that lets kids with cognitive or physical disabilities participate in team sport.
Cranbrook Minor Baseball Vice President Rod McLean says this is a first-of-its-kind opportunity in the East Kootenay.
“Essentially it’s in a league, on a team, in a uniform and do so at their own pace and ability all while having fun.” explains McLean. “It’s played in a safe, recreational environment where there are no strikes, no outs, no score and basically everybody is a winner.”
McLean adds CMBA felt there was a gap in minor sports where only able-body players get an opportunity to participate.
“We looked at it as an opportunity to make a difference in our community.” says McLean. “Children with disabilities can play organized baseball just like their peers in an environment where they won’t feel inadequate or discriminated against.”
Registration is set to take place in the New Year.
– Rod McLean, Cranbrook Minor Ball Association Vice President