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Greater Toledo Challenger Little League hosts state tournament
The Greater Toledo Challenger Little League is warming up for an exciting and busy season! A part of Little League International, the Greater Toledo organization is specially chartered to have only Challenger games, so its focus is on children with disabilities.
Several teams begin practice in April, with games starting in May. The league is open to all children ages 5-18 with mental and physical disabilities – no child is turned away. Parents and volunteers are also available to help, if needed, on the field.
The main event of the season is the State Tournament; this year, hosted by the Greater Toledo chapter from August 6-8 at Rolf Park in Maumee. Drawing in over 50 teams and over 2500 players, parents, siblings and coaches from throughout Ohio, the Tournament is truly the highlight of the year, and our local chapter needs all the help it can get for this major event!
Janie Goodwin, President of the GTCLL, says the organization is looking for community businesses and organizations for financial support to help make this event a huge success. The projected cost of the event is $32,000. This includes costs for the goody bags for the Little League players, tournament shirts and trophies for all participants, as well as lunch for the families. The league is also accepting donations of food or items for goody bags.
Registration for the GTCLL season is on Tuesday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Maumee High School cafeteria (1147 Saco Dr., Maumee). Please bring a copy of the participant’s birth certificate. All children registered in the GTCLL are able to participate in the State Tournament; no tryouts are held.
For more information, or to see a Wish List of items needed for the State Tournament, visit  www.gtcll.com. For general information about the Challenger Little League, visit  www.littleleague.org. Volunteer, donation or registration information is available by contacting Janie Goodwin at 419-754-1507.