Kim Glasman gets it. She understands sports’ shaping influence on our youth.
Now she’s hoping that a lot of others get it, too.
Glasman and her husband, Kurt, have organized the Challenger Division, a baseball league for mentally and physically challenged kids ages 4-19.
“It’s really, really cool,” Kim Glasman said. “This is so important.”
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From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, the Glasmans will be signing up kids for the program at the Tyee Event Center on Littlerock Road. They are hoping to put together two teams for the season.
“There’s nothing like it in the area,” Kim Glasman said. “Not even in Seattle. Kurt has pursued this two years to put this together.”
Depending on the players’ needs and skill levels, they will be assigned a “buddy,” an able-bodied person who can assist in hitting, fielding, throwing and running.
“They can be at any skill level,” Glasman said.
Glasman said there are several rewards for participating on the team. There is the physical activity, and there is the social connection.
“It’s a great way to have a sense of belonging to a community,” Glasman said. “We are very excited about it, as we feel every child who wants to should have the opportunity to feel the excitement of baseball.”
Games will be played on Saturdays at the Capitol Little League fields. Registration forms are posted online at CapitolLittleLeague.com. To register in person, parents must bring a proof of age document, such as a birth certificate. They also must bring three or four documents that show the address of the child’s parents or guardians.