KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee baseball team and the Knoxville Challenger League are teaming up for the fourth year in a row for The Challenger Little League on Tuesday.
This community event is provided at no charge to children with special needs and funded mainly through community support and contributions.
“Challenger League kids love playing baseball but to be able to play at Lindsey Nelson Stadium with their heroes, it is the highlight of their year,” said Chairman of the Board for Knoxville Challenger League Nic Arning. “Every child has an opportunity to score and it’s a big confidence builder for them.
The Challenger program, which has expanded to include basketball, golf, swimming and bowling, is a recreational opportunity for all children with special needs.
“It’s always amazing to see the impact we make on their kids but just as important is the impact the Challenger League kids make on us. My hope is that our partnership will continue to last a long time,” said UT baseball head coach Dave Serrano.
Each child receives a cap, t-shirt and also a trophy at the end of the year cookout.