Challenger Sports Campaign 2020 - Application
The Martin Richard Foundation believes that sports-based programs can strengthen a young person's social development regardless of their physical or cognitive ability. Our Dorchester pilot program run through the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester has afforded us with the knowledge needed to encourage other cities and towns to start their own version of our program.
The Challenger Sports Program allows young people with developmental or physical challenges to enjoy the benefits of competitive sports in a fun, safe, athletic environment. In our Dorchester pilot program, young players, aged 5-12, are partnered with peer buddies who assist and play alongside them during the game. Depending on the sport, our teen players, aged 13-22, play against a non-Challenger team made up primarily of their former buddies or against each other. In both scenarios, teen players are partnered with one-to-one buddies as needed.
Along with the joy of sports, this program focuses on building trust and friendship among young people in the community. Players, parents, and buddies enjoy both kick-off and post-season celebrations together just as much as game time.
We are inviting interested cities and towns to apply for a start-up sponsorship grant from the Martin Richard Foundation for baseball and/or basketball Challenger Sports Programs in their communities. Recipients will also be granted access to our toolkit and FAQ in order to be successful in their mission.