By Leah Nissly
The heat was unbearable, but the noise of laughter and shouting and the smell of food drew me in.
It was a summers night this last week in our own town of Spruce Grove, and I had the amazing opportunity to drop into a Challenger’s Baseball Team event at Henry Singer ball fields.
The Challenger’s Baseball Team is a group of kids that have either physical or cognitive disabilities that form a team every Monday night for about 8 weeks in the summer to play baseball! Around 25-30 kids participate on this team. Each player has a buddy that allows him or her to enjoy baseball at their level.
This year the Challenger Team decided to join a Compete to Contribute event. These events are a means by which not-for-profit teams can compete against each other and give back to the community. The players raised pledges for Camp He Ho Ha, a special needs camp for all ages.
The night I went to visit their event, they were playing another team and hosting a family carnival to celebrate! There was a huge bouncy house, every sort of lawn game imaginable, hot dogs, and lots of laughter. In speaking to one of the organizers, she said the best was when some of the camp counselors from Camp He Ho Ha, who came to the event, started singing to the team after the game!
Thanks Challengers for reminding me that no matter how difficult my circumstances may be, there is always room to bless another and benefit the community around us!
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