STAMFORD, Conn. Stamford American Little League has been chosen as the winner of a $5,000 SNY Play Ball Initiative Grant. It was picked largely because of its involvement in the league's Challenger Division, which includes children with mental and physical disabilities. Stamford American is the city's only Little Little organization currently working with such an organization.
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 so boys and girls with disabilities could enjoy baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in the sport worldwide. It is open to young people ages 4-18, or up to 22 if they are still enrolled in high school. Today, more than 30,000 kids participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.
SNY, the official television station of the Mets, will present the grant Tuesday, July 17, at 4 p.m. at Larry Miller Field on Kane Road. SNY will also interview players as well as film a Challenger game. Stamford American's All-Star players will shadow Challenger players on the field to help them make plays.
Members of the Stamford American Little League will visit Citi Field in late August to see a Mets game.
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