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$92K Will Help Pay For Baseball Field Improvements

The field is used by the Challenger division of Wayne Little League. The two-team division caters exclusively to special needs children.

The Challenger division of the Wayne Little League will receive more than $92,000 from the Passaic County Open Space Trust Fund to help pay for improvements to its baseball field.

Local, county, and state officials were at the team’s field for a ceremonial check presentation on Saturday. The field is located next to the .

The Challenger division is exclusively for special needs children. Each of the participants is paired with an older partner who encourages and assists them to try their best. The two-team division was founded a few years ago. 

The funds will be used to help pay for handicapped ramps and improvements to the field.

“It’s a tremendous program. We started out with 10 kids and now look, at us,” said Joe DiDonato, a member of the league’s Board of Directors, as he pointed out to the kids as they practiced before the weekly game. “It’s an amazing thing to see. These kids try their hardest and the helpers, the parents, the coaches, they all volunteers their time.”

Kathleen Caren, the open space coordinator for Passaic County, said that the league presented officials with “a beautiful opportunity to help a deserving group of people.”

“There’s such dedication here,” Caren said.  “It’s really beautiful.”

Ray Egatz, one of the founding members of the open space committee said that the funds are a “wonderful way to help out an organization that is dedication to the children of Wayne.” 

Nose Wayne May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Congratulations Wayne Little League and to the Passaic County Open Space Trust Fund for hitting a GRAND SLAM! Good Luck with your new field.Could not think of a better way to spend the money than on our children..
George May 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
it would be nice to see some money going to improve the fields that the girl's softball play at as well!!!! Currently they play at the Parish Oval Field which is horrible.
Cathy Kazan May 14, 2012 at 11:15 PM
This is just awesome. Thanks to the Passaic County Open Space Trust Fund, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and all those involved who made this happen. Such a great program for our special needs children in Wayne.
Nose Wayne May 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM
George,call Parks and Recreation-6941800,They are responsible for Parish Oval.
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