Your involvement helps us celebrate!
For our current Campaign in 2022, Howdy, Neighbors is donating 50% of its proceeds to the Mason Challenger League, a division of the Mason Youth Organization (MYO). We have chosen to directly partner with the league by actively participating in their efforts to build adaptive baseball fields. These two fields will be suitable for accommodating MYO’s stellar Challenger Baseball Program, as well as all residents in and near the city of Mason, Ohio. Operating since 2012, the Challenger Program has grown to include over 100 disabled youth and young adults on its inclusive teams every year. For 2022, a team representing the Mason Challenger League has been honored to be included in the Challenger exhibition game as part of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania!
As of July, 2022, the Challenger program’s ongoing capital campaign has raised over $1.3M of its total goal of $2.1M for building the adaptive fields. With your help, we can reach this goal, so that disabled athletes from Cincinnati can readily play the game they love.
More about the Mason Challenger League and the adaptive fields initiative (kindly supplied by MYO):
The Mason Challenger League is partnering with the City of Mason and the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation to raise funds to build two adaptive baseball fields at Makino Park in Mason, Ohio. The fields will remove barriers often found on typical baseball fields. The fields will look like a typical baseball field but will be constructed of a synthetic turf providing an even playing surface and removing tripping hazards. Extra-large dugouts will allow all teammates, including those who use mobility devices, to easily move around and sit together. Shades will not only keep players in the dugouts cool but the fans as well. Makino Park is the perfect location with accessible walking paths, parking, and bathrooms.
The Mason Challenger League is a division of Mason Youth Organization (MYO) a non-profit organization, all volunteer organization. The Challenger League gives boys and girls, ages five to young adult, the opportunity to play baseball structured to their abilities. The league began in 2012 with 30 players and has grown to over 100 players on 10 teams.
The Mason Challenger League is a non-profit 501c3 organization. All funds raised benefit the Adaptive Ball Fields at Makino Park campaign and are eligible as a charitable donation. Please contact Susan Murdock, Mason Challenger Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the league’s tax ID number.
- The MYO Challenger League
- Mason Challenger League Adaptive Ball Fields project
- A recent Cincinnati Enquirer article regarding the project
- A terrific story by local CBS affiliate WKRC Local 12