Softball again active with Challenger Sports

Photos by Shelby Smith
Photos by Shelby Smith

By Allie Coronado for berryvikings.com

ROME, Ga. – Berry College's softball team has been serving the community working with the Challenger Sports Program during the fall. View photo gallery HERE.

On Oct. 19, Berry's softball team played a game of soccer at Garden Lakes Park in West Rome with both the youth and adult league.

In addition, on Nov. 16, the team met the Challenger Program at Miracle Field--which is next to the Rome Braves Stadium--and played baseball with both leagues as well. This is Berry's third straight year in participating with the program.

The Challenger Sports League is designed to help special needs children and adults have the opportunity to experience the excitement of playing sports, regardless of their disability. The program is designed for developmentally disabled persons.

"Berry Softball has created a special relationship with the Challenger Program," said Viking Head Coach Cori Thiermann. "Each year we attend a handful of games whether it be soccer, baseball, or basketball to cheer on the participants. We have grown close to those regular participants and soak in their tremendous attitude and effort on the playing field or court."

Senior outfielder Sara Vigue said: "Volunteering with the Challenger Program has showed me the true joy that people can experience while playing sports, no matter what age they are or disability they may have. "

Freshman shortstop Sarah Moore said: "It's fun to watch the kids in the Challenger Program play sports as they never give up on anything, or doubt themselves. They are great teammates because they like to share with each other and cheer each other on."

"After each event, our team leaves with giant smiles on their faces, sharing stories from the day," Thiermann said.  "We love that we can spend quality time with a local group that works hard to provide continuous support to its members."

Challenger Sports depends on volunteers. If interested on becoming a volunteer, contact Tammy Bryant at 706.234.0383.

Photography by Shelby Smith