Jays Care Foundation visits North Delta Challenger Baseball – Cloverdale Reporter

The North Delta Challenger Baseball program welcomed some very special guests this past weekend.

On Sunday, May 29, several members of the Jays Care Foundation – a subsidiary of the Toronto Blue Jays – came to Dennis Elsom Field in North Delta Community Park to play some games and teach baseball skills to the Challenger athletes.

According to a press release, the Jays’ Care Foundation supports play baseball programs for underprivileged youth across Canada through financial support, leadership training programs, equipment and supplies supplies, and scholarships for participants and volunteers. The Foundation’s resources are focused on specialized programs for girls, inner-city youth, Indigenous youth, and youth with disabilities.

“We are always so grateful to Jays Care for providing resources to support our program and it has been another great gift to have some of their team join us in North Delta,” said Sheryl Gray, Challenger program coordinator.

“As a volunteer in the community, I appreciate the support and additional ideas, and as a parent of one of the players, I really appreciate the reminder that Challenger is bigger than North Delta – it runs across Canada and is a very popular program beyond our own.” community. We really are part of a very special movement.”

Challenger Baseball is a national adaptive baseball program that provides opportunities for children and youth to participate in the sport, with the support of on-field volunteers, within their own ability and comfort level, while parents and guardians watch, cheer and socialize in the bleachers, just like typical sports leagues.

The 30 youth participants in the North Delta program are between the ages of four and 17 and have a variety of developmental, physical, intellectual and psychosocial challenges, including Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome.

More than 20 volunteer buddies – consisting of local teenagers, university students and some educational assistants – support the players on the field with encouragement, demonstrations, physical assistance and adaptation activities.

“Programs like Challenger Baseball and Jays Care are fundamental to children in their hometown. Witnessing a Challenger baseball session, especially one as unique as this one, was a real treat. The athletes are happy, the parents are happy and the volunteers are happy,” said Challenger Volunteer Buddy Emily Bancroft.

At Sunday’s event, athletes practiced their throwing, batting and running skills in a supportive environment with the help of Jays Care team members led by Programs Specialist (inclusive programs) Rachel MacDonald. There were large and colorful easy-to-read posters for the goal of exercise, squishy bases for running and jumping, and exciting high-energy warm-up activities.

“It was a lot of fun tossing the balls into the color circles,” said Ciara, one of the Challenger players.

“I loved all the energy that the staff at Jays Care brought to the table. All the kids laughed and had so much fun,” said Lexie Fehr, Challenger volunteer buddy.

For more information on the North Delta Challenger Baseball program, visit ndbaseball.com/page/show/7064397-challenger or email challenger@ndbaseball.com.

North Delta Challenger Baseball wraps up its season later this month (June 19), but many contestants will be back this fall to participate in the Indoor Adaptive Multi-Sport Program (AMP), a joint venture between the North Delta Baseball Association and North Delta FC supported by the City of Delta.

Introduced last year, AMP is a fun, participation-based program designed specifically for children and youth with disabilities that focuses on team sports skills—without placing children on teams. Participants can choose their favorite activities and stations from options such as soccer, badminton, basketball and other sports, with support from coaches and one-on-one volunteers, while parents and carers cheer on from the sidelines.

Building on this successful first season, the program will return to North Delta Recreation Center for Fall/Winter 2022-2023, with enrollment scheduled to open in late July. For more information, visit northdeltafc.com/amp or email amp_northdelta@northdeltafc.com.


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Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes. (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes.  (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes. (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes.  (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes. (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes.  (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

Several members of the Jays Care Foundation came to Dennis Elsom Field at North Delta Community Park on Sunday, May 29, 2022 to play some games and teach baseball skills to North Delta Challenger baseball athletes. (North Delta Challenger Baseball/submitted photo)

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