EL CENTRO â€”Â Over the past years, the Imperial Valley Challenger Little League has been growing in numbers and on Friday the El Centro Kiwanis Club gave that organization a way to keep growing as they donated $5,000 to the Challenger League.
â€œThis donation means a lot to us and what it really means is more growth for us and these kids,â€ IV Challenger League President Sandra Vasquez said. â€œThis donation is going to help us reach our goals this year and we have a lot planned.â€
To those not familiar with the organization, Imperial Valley Challenge Little League is heading into its sixth year and is a baseball league for children with special needs.
Currently the league has 25 players that range in age from 5-to-21.
â€œWe break the kids up into two teams and they play against each other, but as we grow we hope to break it into age groups and have more teams,â€ said Vasquez.
Realizing the need for support, the Kiwanis Club stepped to the plate to offer that support.
â€œOur main mission is to improve our local community in areas of youth and recreation activities with major emphasis onÂ local projects,â€ Kiwanis President Alex Cardenas said. â€œWe are sponsoring this league that is for special needs children so they can play baseball. Itâ€™s an opportunity to kick-start this great league and get them going. So hopefully, they can continue to grow in size and awareness in our county.â€
The timing for the donation seems fitting as the league opens on Jan. 9 at the Majors field in Imperial, where they play all their games every Saturday at 9 a.m.
â€œThese games are so much fun for the kids and for the parents, itâ€™s awesome to see our kids participate and make friends,â€ Vasquez said. â€œItâ€™s hard to explain the feelings you get but I encourage people to come out and watch and be a part of all the fun.â€
For more information or to find out how to get involved visit the Imperial Valley Challenger League on Facebook.