If you have spent any time at 5 Tool, you likely have met Maddie. She was our inspiration to begin Challenge League. As parents of a special needs child, Mark and Heather Taylor saw the need for a league where all children could enjoy the same ballpark experience that typical children take for granted. As a result, many members of the community came together to create such a league in partnership with Yorktown JAA.

This is truly an amazing experience not only for the athletes but also for the buddies and spectators. You cannot attend a game without feeling inspired and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community. The athletes truly enjoy seeing the stands full of spectators and the buddies are grateful for the opportunity to share the game they love!

Every athlete needs a buddy for each game so parents can be in the stands and enjoy the rare experience of being fans. We hope the 5 Tool community will volunteer as buddies. Buddies need to be at least 12 years old and have the ability to field a ball consistently. Games are played every Wednesday evening in September at the Yorktown Sports Park. Buddies can be individuals or teams who volunteer one week or all four weeks. In addition, we need adult volunteers each week.

We also accept donations to provide scholarships to athletes who cannot afford the $25 fee and to provide an end-of-the-year pizza party and trophies.

If you, or your team, would like to volunteer or make a donation, please email us at info@5tool.net.

All players ages 4-18 (or up to age 22 if still in school) are welcome. While sponsored by Yorktown JAA, players do not need to live in the Yorktown district – all special needs players are welcome. Interested athletes can learn more and register online.

Email or call Heather Taylor (765.730.6632) if you have additional questions.

Please share this information with potential athletes and volunteers. We are counting on the 5 Tool community to help spread our love of the game with these very special athletes. Thanks in advance for the tremendous community support of Challenge League.