Baseball League for the Disabled Proves to be a Winner

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Tuesday, May 16 2006 May 16, 2006 Tuesday, May 16, 2006 10:36:05 PM CDT May 16, 2006 in Sports

"Just seeing him make the home runs and to not even count the home runs," said Sones. "Just to see him do it. It's really nice." Nathan McMahill organized the Challengers League.

The rules allow everyone to hit every inning and the last batter gets a home run. In a league like this, there are no errors.

"The best thing is to watch the parents," said Nathan McMahill, Challenger Commissioner. "A mom came up after the first week and she said 'Thanks so much. When he hit that first home run I had tears in my eyes'. It's definitely organized chaos. People are running around, but that's what so fun about it. They can do what they want. If they want to throw the ball 500 feet over my head, if they want to hit the ball and it dribbles to the pitcher and they run around the bases, it's their game."

The kids are the stars, but the adults come away with the biggest smiles of all.

"You go home and you feel better about yourself." said McMahill. "People always say it's not you giving to them, it's them giving to you and that couldn't be more true."

"To see the parents so excited," said Heather Johns, Challenger volunteer. "Tape recording the first game. Awesome. I was real excited to be a part of something like this."

To find out more about the league or sign up follow the link on the right.

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