Challenger Day At TSI
Each year TSI comes together with the Henrico Education Foundation, I Have A Dream Foundation – Richmond, Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks, Tuckahoe Little League, and Henrico County Public Schools to host Challenger Day. This annual event introduces over 300 students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball and softball.
Fun games are played outdoors on Challenger Field at Tuckahoe Park and indoors in the TSI Training Center because these fields provide a safe surface for play. All instruction and clinics are modified based on the individual’s needs.
Planning starts months ahead with a dedicated team of volunteers (including representatives from Tuckahoe Sports partner and event sponsor Atlantic Union Bank) who look forward to this day. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, bringing together students from over 20 Henrico County Elementary Schools.
The teammates at Atlantic Union Bank are looking forward to joining the Tuckahoe Sports Inc. Team for another year to assist in Challenger Day on October 25th. This is such a rewarding day where we spend time with many in the Richmond community to help children with physical and developmental disabilities enjoy the baseball experience!
-Cheryl Kirby, Workplace Solutions RM
Students are entertained with games, crafts, therapy dogs, mascots, and game stations. TSI’s indoor field is transformed with an obstacle course, parachutes, bowling, soccer, and other games with kids rotating through the facility.
Challenger Day is an offshoot of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The Challenger Division is a league for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. In addition, this program provides participants with some of the benefits of athletic competition: exercise, socialization, teamwork, sportsmanship, and self-esteem.