Since 2018, the Mariners have hosted annual PLAY BALL events with local Challenger Little League, an adapted Little League for differently-abled folks ages 5-22. Mariners players, families, staff, and broadcasters team up to help Challenger Little Leaguers to play ball like the pros. In 2019 the Mariners sponsored the 2019 Challenger Jamboree, and hosted two PLAY BALL events with Challenger Little League on May 18th and July 7th. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan supported the PLAY BALL mission by playing in the 2019 Challenger Little League game at T-Mobile Park in July.
2019 PLAY BALL
On May 18, Mariners players, families, staff, broadcasters, and Mariner Moose hosted the second annual PLAY BALL event Challenger Little League by bringing the big league experience to young ball players. Challenger Little League is adapted baseball for differently-abled athletes ages 5-22. Over 100 Challenger athletes from local Little League districts and their families gathered at Garfield Playfield to play a one-hour game with the help of players who helped them at the plate and in the field. Omar Narvaez, Mallex Smith, Mike Wright, and Brandon Brennan all joined to help the athletes play ball.
2018 PLAY BALL
Click here to view "A Chance to Play" by Rebecca Hale, a feature in the July issue of Mariners Magazine, that details the May 19 event with Challenger Little League.