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Oriole Advocates volunteers speak with an eager Challenger Baseball participant in a wheelchair wearing a baseball jersey at a Challenger Baseball event.

Challenger Baseball

Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball logo

Through our Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball program, we encourage children with developmental and/or physical challenges to discover and play baseball with the support of our adaptive partner leagues. Since our inception in 2010, Challenger Baseball has supported more than 40 teams and 800 athletes throughout Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. From bringing players to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to delivering prizes, meals, and giveaway items on-site, we’re building a community of adaptive athletes and their families.

A young boy, a participant in the Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball program, wears an Orioles baseball jersey and baseball cap while practicing his throw on a path at an athletic field.

The mission of the Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball is to assist Challenger League baseball teams in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania to accomplish:

Provide children with developmental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to enjoy the experience of playing baseball.

Increase awareness of Challenger Programs to increase the number of children served by Challenger Programs.

Provide opportunities for children from different geographical areas to meet and play against others in similar programs.

Provide leaders of Challenger Teams a forum for sharing ideas and to create new opportunities between programs.

Assist Challenger Teams with support for their programs.

A young boy, a participant in the Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball program, crouches on third base on a baseball field at a Challenger Baseball event. He is wearing an Oriole jersey with his name on the back, athletic shorts, and a safety helmut.

Through Challenger Baseball, the Oriole Advocates are able to benefit teams from Little League, Miracle League, Special Olympics, local departments of recreation and parks, schools, and neighborhood associations. We host a variety of events throughout the year, which include tournaments, picnics and visits by the Oriole Bird, and Challenger Day at Oriole Park, where we host more than 250 Challenger players during an Orioles home game. All Challenger Baseball activities are supported by volunteers of the Oriole Advocates.

Thank you to some of our former and current corporate partners, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, Chick-fil-A, Pepsi, Team Four Foodservice, and Utz Snacks, for helping make these experiences possible!

Get Involved
              with Challenger Baseball

When it comes to Challenger Baseball, we’re always open to new teams, players, and supporters! Learn more about how you can get involved below.

A group of physically and/or developmentally challenged children enjoy a Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids and a visit from the Orioles team mascot, the Oriole Bird, with support from the Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball program. They pose together, wearing donated shirts, on a ball field with Challenger Baseball banners behind them.

Join Our League

If you’d like to create a team or incorporate an existing team into our Challenger Baseball program, we’d love to hear from you!

An Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball participant, a young boy with a safety helmut and athletic clothes on, uses the aid of a walker while practicing hitting on a ball field.

Connect a Player

With Challenger Baseball, we make it easy to connect youth with special needs and engage them in meaningful activity while playing ball.

Challenger Baseball event particpants in their uniforms enjoy a lunch of hotdogs, watermelon, and chips donated by sponsors of the program. The lunch, handed out by Oriole Advocates volunteers, is set up on long tables with Oriole team colors on tablecloths in the grass.

Partner with Us

Join our corporate patners in providing spaces for play, food to eat, encouragement, and financial support to keep our program going.

For more information
about the program or how to get involved, contact us at

A young girl wearing a bright hoodie with a puffy vest smiles while hugging the Orioles mascot, the Oriole Bird, standing in the grass during an Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball event.
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