Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field

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Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. About 350 students are expected to attend, and more than 300 volunteers from Capital One will be on hand to work with the students in grades K-5 and their teachers.

Challenger Day is an offshoot of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball, a league for children with mental and physical disabilities. The program helps provide participants with some of the benefits of athletic competition: exercise, socialization, teamwork, sportsmanship and self-esteem.

The event is a joint collaboration of Capital One, I Have a Dream Foundation – Richmond, the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks, the HCPS Department of Pupil Transportation, Tuckahoe Sports and the Henrico Education Foundation.

Who: Members of the media are invited to attend.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 19)
Where: Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex, 2400 Little League Drive, Henrico, Va. 23233

For more information contact the Henrico Education Foundation’s Courtney Baytop at clbaytop@henrico.k12.va.us.

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