Worldwide Challenger Jamboree
Virginia District 8 hosted the fifth annual "Challenger Little League Baseball World Jamboree” May 7-9, 2010 at the Azalea Little League Complex in Norfolk, Va. The jamboree included games, tours, picnics and other special events.
The world-wide Challenger Division jamboree was the concept of Jake Hardison, Virginia State Coordinator and District 8 Administrator. A dedicated supporter and longtime proponent of the Challenger Division, Mr. Hardison began the "Challenger Tournament and Fun Weekend” in 1992, featuring 16 teams. The inaugural jamboree in 2005 was an expansion of the Challenger weekend, and drew nearly 100 teams from throughout the United States. In 2008 nearly 100 teams from throughout the United States and several other countries participated in the Jamboree.
Little League launched its Challenger Division in 1989 to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the game of baseball. Disabled children from the ages of 4-18 are eligible to participate. Challenger baseball features "buddies” who help their partners by assisting the players when needed.
Challenger Jamborees are an annual event in most Little League Regions. For more information about the Challenger Division contact email@example.com.
In 2009, more than 1,950 teams and nearly 30,000 children participated in the Little League Challenger Division.