RANDOLPH, NJ- Sunday May 15 marked another successful year of Randolph Township hosting the Morris County Challenger League baseball games at Brundage Park.
Over 40 youth volunteers from Randolph Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, along with girl scouts and softball players, volunteered their time to help disabled children enjoy playing a game of baseball.
The volunteer players, typically aged 10 to 18, act as "Buddies", pairing off to assist, teach, and direct players from the Challenger league around the diamond and help them enjoy an afternoon of baseball. ( SEE Picture Slide Show at End of Story )
The Morris County Challenger league was established in 1999, and describes itself as a “Baseball league for disabled children in Morris County", playing a spring schedule in about a dozen towns throughout the county. The league hosts events for other sports such as soccer, basketball, and bowling. http://www.mccll.org/home
Jerry Davis, a long time Randolph recreation volunteer, board member, and coach for baseball and football, has planned and coordinated the Randolph Challenger game for the last six years. Davis and Little League President Dave Tamres collectively spread the word to recruit the volunteer “Buddies”.
“This event is a great experience for both the Challenger Players to be able to play baseball, and also for the Buddies to better understand how lucky they are, and to give back when they can,” said Davis.
Davis added, “I want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s challenger games a great success, even in ‘October like’ weather. I want to offer a big thank you to all the buddies who were terrific with their players.”
Challenger coach Lou Di Falco explained more about the Challenger league, commenting, “These games mean a lot. To these kids, this is organized baseball. It gives our kids a chance to feel what it's like to complete in an athletic situation. I encourage any parent with a child with special needs to come and be part of our league. They will be welcomed with open arms.”
Photo Slideshow from the event: