The baseball Little League Challenger Division welcomes special needs youth ages 5-18 and young adults 19-35 to participate in the spring program sponsored by Jefferson Township’s Recreation Department. Due to fundraising efforts, the registration fee has been waived for the spring 2019 team. All registered players will receive a jersey, cap, and award.

Registration for the following activities must take place online through Community Pass: play, manage, umpire, assistant coach, serve as a team parent, or become a “buddy” to a player.

For information flyers, visit www.jeffersontownship.net and click on Form Center, then Recreation Forms/Challenger Baseball. To register, visit Community Pass at https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm and follow the prompts to enter or set up an account using the community name “Jefferson Township, NJ.” Select Click to Register and then 2018-2019 Challenger Sports Programs. Because there is no fee to participate, there will be no amount due.

For registration assistance, visit www.jeffersontownhip.net, click on the Form Center link on the left, and scroll down to the Recreation Department’s Community Pass Online Registration Instructions; or contact the office at 973-663-8404 x4 or cpunturieri@jeffersontownship.net.

Be a “Buddy” to a Player

The Challenger program was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable youngsters with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy the game along with the millions who participate in the sport worldwide. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 (or the completion of high school) and young adults 19-35 with physical or mental challenges.

By removing barriers, players have the opportunity to participate in Tee Ball, Coach-Pitch, or Player-Pitch 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. Everyone on the roster plays the entire game, and no score is kept. The program has proven to be therapeutic, strengthen self-esteem, encourage teamwork and sportsmanship, and provide a new avenue of socialization.

Thanks to fundraising efforts by Jefferson’s Challenger League parent group, led by director Scott Luker, there are no fees to participate. For specific questions, contact coach Stephenie Kaulfers (973-713-7548, stephk09@optimum.net) or league director Scott Luker (973-229-0864, scottluker61@gmail.com). For additional information, call the Jefferson Township Recreation Department office at 973-663-8404 x4.

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