History

26The first Little League Baseball Challenger Division was formed in the United States in 1988 to allow children with cognitive or physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in an environment that catered to their very special needs. The first division in Canada was chartered in 1989 by the Calgary Little League. The first division in British Columbia was formed in Coquitlam in 1992.

In 2001, McDonald’s became a sponsor of the provincial Challenger program. This partnership has been very rewarding for both parties, and continues to grow every year. In particular, McDonald’s has provided the support, and Ronald McDonald, every year for the highly successful BC Challenger Jamboree. This Jamboree is a chance for every participant in the province to enjoy the wonderful Challenger ‘experience’: the fun, the fellowship, the entertainment, and the sportsmanship.

In 2010, Little League BC and BC Minor Baseball Association created a partnership to mutually promote the Challenger Baseball program in BC, under the auspices of Baseball BC. Today, there are fourteen communities in BC that have chartered a Challenger Division, while over 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.