LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Little league is a part of many children's summers, but for one group of people, it is a big part of their lives.
It's little league practice and as the sun slowly sets on the field, you can hear spirits lifting. This is the Challenger League in Clarksville.
All the players face special challenges. Nathan Snyder was just 10-years-old when the league began. "When he brought a note home and said going to start a special needs ball team," said his mother Linda Snyder. "Oh, that would be exciting!"
But the team needed a coach. "I said I would do it," explained Bob Snyder, Challenger League coach. "24 years later and I'm still out here."
And his son is still on the team. "If you watched him run, he has a smile on his face," added Snyder.
There are now 92 players on the league and more than just Coach Bob. They use three ball fields for their weekly games. The rules for this league are a little different. There are no age limits, not outs and no score is kept. In fact, the only rule is to have a good time. And members of the team, say they follow that rule every week.
Raette Woody says the league has been so good for her daughter Becca that they drive the 48 miles from Morengo every week. They're like a family now with Coach Bob doing whatever he can to get a hit.
"I have seen him be on his knees. Throwing the ball and hitting the bat so they can run," said Woody. "Playing ball is part of the American dream. All kids like to play ball, right?"
And thanks to the Challenger League, all children are getting a chance.