Tri Cities Little League plans a special jamboree

WEST DUNDEE – The Tri Cities Little League will host a Challenger Jamboree on Sept. 7 and 8 at the Randall Oaks baseball facility in West Dundee.

Challenger is a division of Little League for mentally and physically challenged children, allowing them to play organized baseball. Challenger players play on Little League fields, using the same equipment as other Little Leaguers. As they did throughout their season, buddies will play alongside the special-needs players, assisting them in batting, running the bases, catching and defense, and will hang out with them in the dugout.

The jamboree will bring in 12 teams from Little League District 13, which includes 14 neighboring communities, three of which have active Challenger divisions: Tri Cities (East Dundee and West Dundee, Carpentersville, Sleepy Hollow and Gilberts), Bartlett and Woodstock.

The jamboree will feature baseball, hay rides, crafts, games, face-painting, bonfires and more. Players also may visit the petting zoo and handicap-accessible golf course for free.

Baseball games will be played all day Sept. 8. Players from 8 to 16 years will include both boys and girls with special needs. They will be matched with either Little League or high school players as buddies.

To volunteer, contact Mark Anders at mljanders@sbcglobal.net. Donations will fund prizes for the children, games, activities and food for the two-day event. For donations or information, email Mark Johnson at mj1234@att.com.