The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is offering its baseball Little League Challenger Division for the special needs youth of the township again this spring following successful programs since 2007. Registration for the program is now open, and the registration fee which includes a jersey, cap, and award for the Spring 2015 team has been waived due to fundraising efforts. Registration forms to play, manage, umpire, assistant coach, serve as a team parent, or become a “buddy” to a player are available at the Jefferson Township Recreation office located at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road as well as in the lobby brochure racks at the Jefferson Township Municipal Building and Public Library. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.jeffersontownship.net, click on “Residents” tab to “Forms Center” and then to “Recreation Department.”
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Boys and girls ages 5 – 18 (or the completion of high school) with physical or mental challenges are invited to participate. Scott Luker, a resident of Jefferson Township, will return as director of the league.
Over the years, The Challenger Division has removed the barriers that keep children off the baseball field and being treated just like all the other kids. Players have the opportunity to participate in Tee Ball, Coach-Pitch, or Player-Pitch levels with the option to use the “buddy” system for assistance on the field. Players wear the same uniforms and use the same equipment as other Little Leaguers, every player on the roster plays the entire game, and no score is kept. In addition, the program has been proven therapeutic, strengthens self-esteem, encourages teamwork and sportsmanship, and provides a new avenue of socialization.
For information about Jefferson’s league contact Mr. Luker at 973-270-8356 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also call the Jefferson Township Recreation office at 973-663-8404.