Flash Crowd Celebrates Challenger Baseball Season Finale

A Challenger Baseball player with the Maple City Brewers - Photo from Facebook

A Challenger Baseball player with the Maple City Brewers – Photo from Facebook

The Challenger Baseball Team wasn’t expecting it, but as the team took the field Thursday for their final game of the season, 150 surprise fans flooded the stands at Fergie Jenkins Field to cheer on the team.

The flash crowd, which was organized by HUB Creative Group, CKXS, the Maple City Brewers, Country 92.9, CKSY, and the UCC Cheerleaders, supported the team as each player was announced onto the field, and the Challenger team took the the field with Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent volunteers and Maple City Brewers players for the game.

The game, which included a special rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” by Chatham’s Brooklyn Roebuck, gave the young Challenger players the chance to each get up to bat and run the bases.

“Although the entire game lasted only an hour, the impact the community had on these kids will last a lifetime,” the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent wrote on their Facebook page following the game. “Our Challenger Players walked away tonight more confident, more proud of themselves and ready to show the world that kids of all abilities can do anything.”

The Challenger baseball program is developed for players in the Chatham-Kent community who have varying abilities and special needs.

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