About Challenger

The YMCA Challenger program is removing barriers for kids, teens and young adults with disabilities through our sports, arts, career academies and young adult activities and the Fred and Shirley Pryor YMCA Challenger Sports Complex with accessible baseball, soccer and football fields . The first phase of the complex opened October 2010, featuring the Mark Teahen Challenger Baseball Field with a synthetic rubber surface, the American Family Insurance Field with a synthetic grass turf for football and soccer, and a playground with transfer stations and parking lot.

The second phase was completed in September 2013, which includes the Trent Green Family Field made of synthetic rubber turf for football and soccer, an accessible playground that includes ramps, a glider and other special features, a pavilion for restrooms and a concession stand.

Future construction includes two additional baseball fields and multi-purpose space all with synthetic turf.

Sports- (Ages 3 – 30) Athletes with special needs have the opportunity to be part of a team, be active and build confidence. Activities include baseball, soccer, swimming, flag football, fitness, bowling, basketball and tennis.

Arts- (Ages 4 – 30) Encourages and supports personal choices and self-expression. Different mediums are introduced to strengthen fine motor skills, colour recognition and visual exploration.

Swimming- (Ages 3 – 30) Taught by certified instructors, swimmers are able to participate at their own level in a nurturing, safe environment. From swim exploration and water acclamation to lessons that teach floating and deep water swimming.

Young Adult- (Ages 11 – 30) Monthly outings to local museums, movies and dinner, dances, pool parties, local sporting events and more. Strengthens social engagement, life skills and builds friendships. Career Academies guide students in exploring the skills and resources one needs to plan a career path.

For more information about the Challenger Sports programs, please visit the Adaptive Programs section of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s website.

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