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Best wishes to the Rhode Island District 2 Challenger Team for a great game!
On Saturday, August 25, at 10:30 A.M., Rhode Island PBS will broadcast the 2012 Little League Challenger Exhibition Game live from Little League Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport, PA, featuring the Rhode Island District 2 Challenger from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Southwest Forsyth Little League from Clemmons, North Carolina.
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League that enables boys and girls ages 4 through 18 (or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school) with developmental and physical challenges to enjoy the game of baseball.
The two leagues sending their Challenger Division programs to the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series represent more than 30,000 Challenger players and 900 leagues worldwide. The Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game has been a part of the Little League Baseball World Series schedule since 2001.
The 2012 Challenger Exhibition Game will be part of the schedule on the final Saturday of the 66th Little League Baseball World Series that also features the International and U.S. championship games. (The International and U.S. champions advance to the World Championship game on Sunday, Aug. 26.)
“The Challenger Exhibition Game has become an integral part of the annual Little League Baseball World Series schedule, and has played an important role in the growth of the program,” Sam Ranck, Little League’s director of the Challenger Division, said. “It has proven to be an experience the participants and fans talk about for the rest of their lives.”
The Rhode Island District 2 program has 50 players participating in its program, now in its sixth season. Southwest Forsyth Little League has 40 players in its Challenger program, which started in 2006.
Rhode Island PBS will re-broadcast the game on its Learn channel on Sunday, August 26 at 3:30 P.M., and on Rhode Island PBS on Wednesday, August 29 at 5 A.M.