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Patriot baseball team, Challenger baseball face off for charity

Patrick Henry Community College head baseball coach Frank Jagoda and his reigning Region X NJCAA regular season championship team is issuing a challenge. Usually, their goal is to win – this time, though, the score isn’t what matters.

The Patriots are facing the Franklin County Challenger baseball team Tuesday night, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Hooker Field. The Challenger baseball team is made up of boys and girls ages 4-22 with physical and mental challenges. Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds from the event go directly to the Challenger baseball program.

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

“This event is very important to us because our programs is completely paid for using fund raisers and donations,” said Franklin County Challenger president and coach Tonya Jackson. “We try to keep our fund raisers baseball-related since that is their passion, so this game is going to be so much fun for the children and their families.”

 

The Challenger team normally participates in a multi-state, multi-team jamboree in Virginia Beach each May, but didn’t have the finances to do it this year. “The kids were disappointed that they couldn’t participate this year, so our goal is to raise enough money to play next year.” The trip costs approximately $400 per child for accommodations alone.

 

“This is possibly the most important game of our season,” said Jagoda. “Not only is it important to help raise money and awareness for a great cause, but it’s important for our players to understand that they are part of a larger community. Their responsibilities as leaders extend much further than the classroom or the field.”