Little League program for children with special needs launching in Ellsworth

first_img Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Bio Latest posts by (see all) ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA is launching its Little League Challenger Division for children with special needs or physical disabilities.Opening Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeMeyer Field.“It will be more of a meet-and-greet for players, parents and volunteers,” said Todd Wagstaff, one of the program’s organizers. “We’ll have fun stuff for the kids to do.”The program, which is free of charge, is accepting players ages 4-18 (or as old as 22, if still in school).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWagstaff said he’s hoping for a big turnout.“It’s kind of like the Field of Dreams — we’re building it, and we hope they come,” he said in jest. “I’m hearing a lot of volunteers say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe we haven’t had this before.’”Wagstaff has been working with several others invested in developing the program, including its new director, Tamara Crowley, and Nikki Cutchens, children’s program administrator with Downeast Horizons.“Each child will have the opportunity to learn about the sport of baseball in a positive and secure environment and play with others at a level they are comfortable with,” Cutchens said.Players will have a one-on-one “buddy” with them on the field who will help them build their skills.The Little League Challenger Division is meant to help participants build confidence, maintain flexibility and provide them and their parents with a social opportunity.For more information, contact Crowley at 852-3307 or [email protected] the program’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/defylittleleagechallengerdivision. Latest Posts Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020last_img read more

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