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Buddy Ball

SAA Softball, Serving the Community

06/28/2015, 7:00pm CDT
By Nate Apple

Is there anything these girls can't do?

This past Sunday, many of the girls in the SAA Softball program got to give back to the community by being a "Buddy" to special needs children within a wonderful organization called the Bartlett Challengers.  As an uncle of a special needs child, I was touched to see all of the players involved smiling, laughing, having fun and basically just being another one of the kids.  Our girls brought a lot of happiness to the families that struggle with these disabilities every day, even if it was just for an afternoon. Please visit their website to learn more. 

A special thanks goes to Barry Maurizo for organizing this great event and all that attended.  Pictures are available in the Photo Gallery.


"The Bartlett Little League, Challengers is a specific division consisting of players from across the Northwest suburbs, with mental or physical challenges. The teams compete against one another with the assistance of baseball “Buddies.” The buddies are a minimum of 9 years old from Bartlett Little League and other organizations who are stepping forward to help. The Buddies pair up with the Challengers and assist them in running the bases, fielding their position and cheering for their teammates from the dugout. The Challengers follow their games with a brief social time of hot dogs, drink, chips and “talking baseball” with their Buddies."

"With your help, all children and young adults get the sensation of playing baseball, and help build a lifetime of memories. Thank you for your time and effort in supporting our program!"

Paul Williams
Bartlett Little League – V.P Challenger Baseball


“We’re raising a generation of kids that looks at someone with special needs and they don’t see a disability, they just see another kid.“

Colleen Nolan - Challenger Parent


To learn more about the Challengers and their League, follow the link below:


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