National Challenger Jamboree

June 8, 2015

TORONTO- The third annual National Challenger Baseball Canada Jamboree took place on Saturday at Rogers Centre providing an opportunity for nearly 100 participants to play on a big league field.

The event, hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy in partnership with Challenger Baseball Canada, continues to grow each year seeing and increase from 50 participants in 2013 to nearly 100 in 2015.

The jamboree also provided a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to participate as “buddies” assisting participants as they partook in one of four games on the Rogers Centre outfield.

“The National Challenger Baseball Canada Jamboree was yet again a tremendous event that gave participants an opportunity to play on a big-league field for a day,” said Challenger Baseball Canada National Coordinator, Ian McLean. “The jamboree also gave new Challenger Baseball ‘buddies’ a hands-on experience as to what the program is all about as they are an integral piece of the puzzle.”

Included among the first-time buddies was a group employees from La Capitale Financial Group who made a generous contribution to Challenger Baseball Canada.

Other special guests included Blue Jays’ pitcher Liam Hendriks, along with his wife Kristi, who both played a part in helping to make the day special for participants.

“Of course, the Challenger Baseball Jamboree would not have been possible without the continued support of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and for that Challenger Baseball Canada is truly grateful,” added McLean.

On the field, participants were split into eight different teams providing a tremendous showcase for Challenger Baseball to those that were witnessing the program for the first time.

Participants from as far as Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia made the journey to Toronto to take in a Blue Jays game before heading down to field level to participate in the jamboree.

Challenger Baseball Canada would like to thank all of those who made the third annual National Challenger Baseball Canada Jamboree a success and look forward to watching this event grow in the future.

A special thank-you goes out to Regimbal Awards & Promotions for providing the medals that each participant received.

Check out photos from the third annual Challenger Baseball Jamboree HERE.

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