Our Challenge: Help make baseball and softball accessible to all

Published 5:21 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2023

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

Some amazing things are going on at the Davie Youth Complex.

Jason Keaton told county commissioners earlier this month they need to do what they can to support the youth athletic programs being run by Davie American Little League, which he said has upped its game in recent years with improvements to every aspect of the complex.

Topping his list is The Challenger Field – a plan to construct a field especially for children with special challenges to enjoy games of softball and baseball. The cost is expected to be about $500,000.

“They’re doing some awesome things,” Keaton said. “It’s caught on really well.”

The league has one of the largest contingents of challenger players, 30 registered, with 15-25 showing up each game day. An issue is weather cancellations, and a turf field specifically designed for such athletes would not only drastically cut down in the number of cancellations, it would make the experience safer and more fun.

Keaton challenged commissioners to make a donation from the county, and pledged $100 from his own pocket. He urges everyone else to do the same.

Read more, or learn how to donate, at daviell.com.