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Sign-Up Starts for 2012 Challenger Baseball Program

Think Spring! Think Baseball! Registration for the Braintree-based program for children with disabilities is now open.

Registration for the 2012 season of Challenger Baseball is now underway. This noncompetitive program enables boys and girls with physical and cognitive challenges to enjoy the game of baseball while gaining the social benefits of team participation. All children ages 5 – 18 are eligible to play, regardless of their abilities or place or residence.

Now in its 9th year, Braintree American Little League hosts the program where every player plays the whole game, gets up to bat each inning, gets on base, and eventually crosses home plate. Batters can use the tee or have a coach pitch. He/she can also be assisted by a volunteer Buddy to hold/swing the bat and move around the bases. There are no ‘outs’ and no official ‘score’. Every game is a tie!

While the games are on Sundays from mid-April to June at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field, 348 Pond St., Braintree, the registration is open until April 1st. Due to the incredible generosity of Local 25 President Sean O’Brien, and Teamsters Local 25 -Boston, registration for the 20112 Challenger baseball season is free of charge for all.

Additional information may be found at www.braintreeamerican.org or by contacting Kathy Jordan at ksjordan14@gmail.com or 781-223-8633.

We are also actively recruiting Volunteer Baseball Buddies who can make a commitment for the full season. Do you know of an individual or group who would be appropriate? Please note that a CORI form must be completed for all on-field or in dugout volunteers. Contact Nancy Bucknam @ nbucknam59@aol.com for additional volunteer information.

Kathy Jordan, Director, Challenger Division ksjordan14@gmail.com

Nancy Bucknam, Volunteer Coordinator, Challenger Division nbucknam59@aol.com

Joe ’Okie’ O’Connor, Vice President, Braintree American Little League joconnor22@comcast.net

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