A program that gives local kids with cognitive and physical disabilities a chance to play baseball is being called a success.
Challenger Baseball was introduced in Cranbrook in May.
The program pairs up athletes with “buddies” that volunteer their time to teach basic skills.
Coordinator Marquis Christian says it’s been great to see the program be successful.
“We were really worried about having three stations and how the athletes would react but the response by the athletes [has been] incredible.” says Christian. “They’re starting to love the sport, they’re looking forward to Thursday night and it’s great.”
Christian believes the program has been a positive experience for everyone involved.
“The response from our athletes, buddies, parents and volunteers has been exceptional.” says Christian. “Just to see the people’s faces in the crowd, all the parents sitting in the bleachers watching their children, it’s just been really good and overall a positive experience for everybody.”
Challenger Baseball is ran through the Jays Care Foundation and takes place every Thursday at Moir Park.
– Marquis Christian, Challenger Baseball Cranbrook coordinator