EL CENTRO — 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.
“This donation means a lot to us and what it really means is more growth for us and these kids,” IV Challenger League President Sandra Vasquez said. “This donation is going to help us reach our goals this year and we have a lot planned.”
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.
“We 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,” said Vasquez.
Realizing the need for support, the Kiwanis Club stepped to the plate to offer that support.
“Our main mission is to improve our local community in areas of youth and recreation activities with major emphasis on local projects,” Kiwanis President Alex Cardenas said. “We are sponsoring this league that is for special needs children so they can play baseball. It’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.”
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.
“These games are so much fun for the kids and for the parents, it’s awesome to see our kids participate and make friends,” Vasquez said. “It’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.”
For more information or to find out how to get involved visit the Imperial Valley Challenger League on Facebook.