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The Challenger League opens its 3rd season of baseball

Opening day of the Challenger League (Source: WALB) Opening day of the Challenger League (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

The Challenger League held its ceremonial opening day in Leesburg at Park Street Complex.

Saturday marked the third season of baseball for kids with special needs.

67 kids make up 6 teams, and no child plays on the diamond alone.

There are 70 volunteers called buddies, who assist the children throughout the games.

A couple elected officials threw the ceremonial first pitches before witnessing their first taste of what the Challenger league offers.

"It made me feel wonderful," said Representative Ed Rynders, "I've always been active and involved with people with developmental disabilities. And its just something the whole community needs to rally around and show their support. I'm just proud to be a part of it."

"I understand kids are coming from counties all over as far away as Tallahassee, Florida to come and participate in this league because there's just not a whole lot of this for children with disabilities," said state senator Greg Kirk.

The director of the Challenger League is happy to have the season underway.

"We have a game every Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m. and we have six weeks," said Sapp. "Our last game will be May 20th which is also our benefit which is our one fundraiser a year to be able to put programs like this on. "

The Challenger League is also celebrating its second year as an official non-profit.

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