Challenger League All-Stars Take the Stage

Another group of all-stars chased their dreams during a break in the Southeast Regional action.

The Challenger League gives athletes with special needs a chance to excel on the field. Major and minor league teams in Warner Robins competed against other teams from around the southeast on Sunday.

"This is the best day of the week, because this is the game being played in its purest form," said Southeast Region director, Jen Colvin. "Out in left field, there is no scoreboard on. Those kids are just out there having fun. It's not about winning or losing, they're just out there playing the game."

Challenger all-stars played in front of that scoreless scoreboard all afternoon. Athletes made plays and scored runs on the same stage as their little league counterparts.

One of those athletes is Byron, Georgia's Joel Williamson. The 22 year-old loves holding things down at third base.

"I love the hot corner," Williamson said after the game.

Naturally, the Peach State native idolizes former Braves third baseman, Chipper Jones.

Danielle Molina is warner robins' challenger representative.That doesn't keep her from cheering on each and every team on the diamond.

"Besides the Special Olympics, this is the only other athletic involvement in Warner Robins," Molina said. "[The games] let them be a part of the community, to involve them, to let them do something and feel like they are a part of the little league here in Warner Robins."

This is the third season of Challenger League action during the Southeast Regional tournament.


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