Clinton Valley Little League Challenger Baseball: Welcome

Thursday, September 11

WELCOME TO CHALLENGER BASEBALL!!!

HOME OF THE 2014 WORLD SERIES 

CHALLENGER BASEBALL TEAM!

Norm Hott Field is located on Harper Road just north of 16 Mile Road in the Neil Reid Parkwhich is located behind Neil Reid High School.

ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014, 15 CVLL CHALLENGER PLAYERS TOOK THE FIELD TO PLAY IN THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGER EXHIBITION GAME!  THEY PLAYED A TEAM FROM VANCOUVER, BC!  

IT WAS AN AMAZING EVENT FOR OUR CHALLENGER FAMILIES!  THANK YOU LITTLE LEAGUE FOR MAKING THIS AN EXPERIENCE WE WILL NEVER FORGET! 

CHECK OUR ALBUM PAGE TO SEE MANY OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES GAME MEMORIES! 

 

 We are very excited to announce that Dick's Sporting Goods is a sponsor of CVLL Challenger Baseball this season! Stay tuned for details of specials throughout the season!

 

THE FIRST MICHIGAN CHALLENGER JAMBOREE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!  IT WAS HELD ON JUNE 8TH, 2013.  CHALLENGER PLAYERS CAME FROM IRA TOWNSHIP AND TAYLOR LITTLE LEAGUE.  THANK YOU TO WALMART FOR SUPPLYING ALL THE FOOD AND DRINKS FOR THE EVENT, AND S.W.A.P. FOR THE KIDDIE FUN!  THANK YOU TO JOE CHERRIN FOR PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND OUR GUESTS FROM THE KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS AND CLINTON TOWNSHIP.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

On Tuesday, December 11th, 25 Challenger players had dinner and went shopping with two Detroit Lions players, Cliff Avril and Louis Delmas.  Cliff Avril made a very generous donation to the Walmart Foundation. The 25 Challenger players received gift cards from Walmart to "Shop With a Jock"!  There were smiles from ear to ear the entire evening!

Thank you Walmart and the Detroit Lions for an awesome evening for Challenger players!

(check out the album page on the left for some pictures of the event)

THE 2012 SEASON HAS BEEN A BLAST!!!

Our Annual Picnic was held on August 18th and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!  Games were played, great food and carnival games for the kids! Thank you coaches, team mom's and parents for an awesome season!

2013 will be our 20th year of Challenger Baseball and plans are on there way for an exciting season!

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!

AMERICAN PIE FAMILY FUN NIGHT - TUESDAY, JULY 31 ST AT THE AMERICAN PIE RESTAURANT LOCATED AT 22 & SCHOEHNERR! COME FROM 5pm to 9pm and SUPPORT YOUR CHALLENGER TEAMS!!

PARENT MEET AND GREET - WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD AT THE CLINTON TOWNSHIP MAIN LIBRARY AT 6:30PM - UNIFORM, SWEATSHIRTS, SCHEDULES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED!!

INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO LAST YEAR'S PLAYERS THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY....THIS SEASON WE WILL HAVE TWO DIVISIONS!! THE NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PLAYERS AGES 5 TO 12 AND THE AMERICAN LEAGUE FOR PLAYERS AGES 13 TO 22....PLAYERS WILL BE PLACED ON TEAMS BASED ON AGE AND ABILITY!  

GET READY FOR AN EXCITING SEASON OF CHALLENGER BASEBALL!!

UPDATES COMING SOON!!!

CHARITY POKER NIGHTS AT CADA'S POKER & GRILL WERE A HUGE SUCCESS...THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WORKED THE FUNDRAISER! 

The 2011 season was a huge success!!!

Thank you Walmart for providing food, drinks and snacks at our annual all star picnic!

 and another thank you to PAWS from the Detroit Tigers!!

THE 2011 SEASON HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO ROBBIE DUEMLING!

Robbie, a 14 year old player died suddenly in January.  He was a sweet boy, with a huge smile and loved to play baseball.  Our deepest sympathy to his family!

Challenger Baseball is a Little League program designed for special needs children ages 4 thru 22 if still attending school.  Challenger Baseball give mentally and physically impaired children the opportunity to play baseball in a safe and structered environment!  The CVLL Challenger program is celebrating its 18th season.  We have our own adaptive field located in Clinton Township (16 mile & Harper Rd. area, behind Neil Reid High School) in the Neil Reid Park.  Games are played from June thru August. 

The 6th Annual International Challenger Jamboree - May 6,7,8 in Norfolk Virginia was a huge success!!  Two families from our league joined the festivities!  The Friday night dance, Saturday game day and special events made it a weekend to remember!!!

1ST ANNUAL BOWLING FUNDRAISER!!!

A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

"CHALLENGER BASEBALL ROCKS!!!"

TOLEDO MUDHENS CAMP AND GAME WERE A BLAST!!!  I HOPE MORE FAMILIES WILL JOIN US THIS YEAR!!!

 ♥

On Tuesday, June 1st, students from Neil Reid High School volunteered their services at the Challenger Field.  They planted flowers, weeded, did some clean up work and put down some fresh mulch.  Thank you Mary (teacher) and students for giving your time to the Challenger program "spring clean up" day!  Check out some pictures in the "album" section!

 ****************************

BRICK PAVER FUNDRAISER INFO... 

If you would like to purchase a "brick paver" that will be placed at the entrance of the new field please go to the "handouts" section, print the form and mail in.  This is a great way to honor a baseball fan in your life, friend or family member! THANK YOU!

*************** 

 LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGER OF THE YEAR AWARD!

AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFTIME ATTENDING THE 2009 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN WILLIAMSPORT!!  THEY CERTAINLY ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET FOR ME AND THE OTHER LITTLE LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS.

PLEASE CHECK OUT IN THE ALBUM SECTION ON THE LEFT SOME OF THE MEMORIES OF MY TRIP! 

THANK YOU WILLIAMSPORT FOR YOUR WARM HOSPITALITY AND THANK YOU LITTLE LEAGUE FOR AN AWESOME SIX DAYS!!

********************

On August 8th, Adam Romanko proudly finished his Eagle Scout project at Challenger Field!!!  We are so pleased and so proud of his accomplishments.  The circle entrance area now has a beautiful tree, shrubs and perinnials!  Adam also made a very generous donation and purchased an engraved brick paver.  Thank you Adam for your many hours of preparation and executing an awesome day (a little drier would have helped), but you perservered and reached your goal....and for that we are very grateful!  Also, thanks to the many volunteers and Clinton Township for supporting this project.

         "Challenger Baseball Rocks" bracelets on sale for only $2.00 each!

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR MOST GENEROUS 2009 DONATIONS TOWARD THE CHALLENGER PROGRAM AND FIELD!!

MR. BILL LAKRITZ - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - WALMART

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CLINTON - FIRST FAMILY EYE CARE

GLAUCOMA CENTER OF MICHIGAN - SOPHIE LISIECKI

Challenger games are play at Norm Hott Field located in Neil Reid Park in Clinton Township - click on the "location" section on the left for the exact location. Games are played Monday thru Thursday and Saturday mornings.

*********************

  I am so proud and humbled to be receiving the

2008 Michiganian Award!

There will be an article in the March 28th edition of the DetroitNews..http://detroitnews.com/article/20090328/SPECIAL02/903280331/1148/auto01

this award is in recognition of my work on the new Challenger Field....I could not have accomplished this without the help of the many supporters over the past three years!!

Thank you so much!! 

CHALLENGER FIELD DEDICATION CEREMONY

AUGUST 6, 2008

WHAT A GRAND DAY FOR THE CHALLENGER FAMILIES AND FUTURE CHALLENGER PLAYERS....THEIR DREAM HAS COME TRUE!!!

CLICK ON "ALBUMS" AND SEE SOME PICS!!!

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Former)Detroit Tiger Sean Casey and his family name the new field!  It will be called the "Norm Hott Field" in memory of their gr andfather who was a huge baseball fan.

On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 a ground breaking and dedication ceremony was held at Neil Reid Park in Clinton Township to official kick off the building of the Norm Hott Field, Home of Challenger Baseball.

(Former)Detroit Tiger Sean Casey, wife Mandi and their children attended the ceremony, along with Jordan Field, Manager of the Detroit Tiger Foundation.  Mr. Bob Cannon, Supervisor of Clinton Township, Sean, Mandi and Marilyn broke ground at the future home plate of the new Challenger field.  It was an exciting day with many supporters in attendance.

Thank you to Bob Cannon, Supervisor and its Trustees for their continued support of the Challenger Field Project.  Also for all the "hands on" work of the Engineering Department and Public Works Department!

If you would like to make a donation to the Challenger Program or the Challenger Field Project, please contact Marilyn @ mwitt26@msn.com.

Also, please check the "Handouts" section for information on our Brick Paver Fundraiser!

THANK YOU... LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL INC. FOR THE VERY GENEROUS GRANT DONATION! 

Thank you....Mr. Ken Dumais, member of the St. Isodore Knights of Columbus, for his unwavering fundraising efforts and hosting the upcoming Opening Day celebration of the new Challenger Field!! 

Also....THANK YOU to the following.....

Wright & Filippis, Detroit Tiger Foundation, Charter Township of Clinton, Mr. Bill LaKritz, Safeco Insurance, Mark McBride/McBride Studio Architect, Clinton Twp. Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Utica/Shelby Twp. Kiwanis, WalMart, Meijer, Kroger, National Coney Island, Little League Baseball Inc., District Six, Clinton Valley Little League, and all Little Leagues in District Six, Yahtzee Club of Clinton Twp., St. John Church, Romeo, Commerce Steel, Rotary Club of Clinton Twp., Neil Reid School, Comerica Bank, First Independent Insurance, Chippewa Valley H.S., Macomb Aitkon Club, many family and friends!