Quinte Challenger Baseball launched its first season in 1997, led by Allanah and Bob Langeland. They had 2 teams with approx. 20 participants ranging in ages 5-19. They had 6 sponsors.
Today, our organization has grown to over 45 participants ranging in age from 3-55+. We have 4 teams, 3 Major Sponsors and 15 other additional community sponsorships!
In 2017, Quinte Challenger Baseball became chartered with Challenger Baseball Canada, Little League Canada and the Jays Care Foundation.
What is Challenger Baseball?
Challenger Baseball is an adaptive baseball program for kids/adults with physical and neurological disabilities, structured to their level of play. It empowers children and youth with core life skills inherent to baseball including teamwork, communication, determination, resiliency, inclusion, support and courage. Volunteer “Buddies” are assigned to each player to help them participate to their full potential. They work alongside the player, guiding, mentoring, pushing a wheelchair, assisting with catching and throwing, hitting, and having fun. Parents get to watch their children participate in a recreational activity with their peers. Families have the opportunity to connect and socialize with each other.
Our players have a range of cognitive and physical abilities. Some use mobility equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes), some have sensory processing differences, but they all have one thing in common… THEY LOVE BASEBALL!
Challenger Baseball is more than baseball, it is about INCLUSION! It gives the player a sense of belonging, to be part of a team where they may not otherwise have been able to participate. It positively impacts players, coaches, volunteer buddies, parents, families and our community. It is a safe, fun, kind, compassionate place for all involved.