Michele Spring Reporting:

(Thursday, November 08, 2018) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The Challenger Baseball League will have a new field to play on this spring with the help from one local organization.

Crews broke ground Monday afternoon in the new location for their field located on Pleasant Valley Drive near Faith Christian Church.

Challenger Baseball Spokeswoman Jennifer Flaherty says the team was elated when they found out they will have their own home field.

“This is going to be an all handicap accessible field for us, so that means bathrooms, doors being open. That means being able to make sure wheelchairs can get in the dugout, the field will be in tip-top shape so that children with visual problems, we won’t have to worry about holes being anywhere for them to trip on or fall.”

The Rainbow Connection, who has always supported the Challenger League, is funding the whole project which totals to $283,000.  Executive Director Carmel Haueter said the late Velma Truman, of Dover, left a large gift to the Rainbow Connection and this was the perfect way to honor her.

“We sat and talked about and considered what our best way to honor her was and it was to take care of the Challenger League. She also believed in children first, so when this project started coming into our minds and how were we going to do this, we thought this was the best way to honor Velma and that’s why we’re doing this field.”

The field will also have concession stands and have handicap accessible bathrooms The field will be finished and ready for play by May 2019.

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