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Challenger Division Series a hit at the ballpark
The Challenger Division Series gave 'buddies' a chance to play with their heroes
01/03/2018 2:18 AM ET

The Perth Heat are committed to making a positive impact in the community and were proud to host the Northern Metros Challenger Division Series during last Saturday's double-header at the ballpark.

The Perth-based program is designed for kids with physical and intellectual challenges, providing them with opportunities to play team sports and be active.

Founder Matthew Callaghan, whose son has an intellectual disability, set up the business last year after hearing about the Challenger Series through a friend.

"We heard about Challenger Series through some friends who went to the Little League World Series a few years back and saw the exhibition over there," he said.

"I looked into it and contacted Little League International and got it up and running here in Perth."

On Saturday, the 'baseball buddies' got the chance to play with all of their favourite Heat starts in a mini-game which drew a great reaction from the crowd.

Matthew was in attendance on Saturday and is keen to maintain a relationship with the Heat.

"I certainly hope this can become an annual tradition at the ballpark. The kids certainly enjoyed it and I'm sure the spectators appreciated the entertainment," he said.

Now in its second year, the project has 32 active 'buddies', having started with 18 a year ago as Matthew has his eyes on growth in 2018.

"In 2018 we hope to get bigger. It's got to the point now where we're thinking about starting up a committee."

From all of us here at the Perth Heat, we would like to congratulate Matthew and his wife Barbara on setting up this fantastic initiative and are proud to be involved in such a great cause.

If you would like to find out more about the Challenger Division Series, visit their website.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.