Y Challenger offers children with physical or mental disabilities the opportunity to participate in games we all love. These children face big challenges not encountered by other kids, especially in sports.
We help remove these barriers by supporting the building of the Fred & Shirley Pryor YMCA Challenger Athletic Complex. This complex is a unique and first of its kind facility in the United States. Its plans include a baseball field and a flag football/soccer field made out of a rubber synthetic turf. By using a smooth, rubber-like surface, wheelchairs and walkers are able to easily roll to the bases and down the field, in addition to providing a safe atmosphere for these more accident-prone kids. It also has an all-accessible playground along with two baseball fields with natural surfaces, and a synthetic grass football field.
Through this unique complex, we will have the opportunity to see able-bodied children playing on fields right next to those kids who are challenged with special needs. We know that children who play sports gain confidence in their skills and successes and also learn to be team players. These opportunities are rare and rewarding. All of this adds up to each child having a more successful and productive life.
Phase One of the complex opened on October 16th, 2010 with the Mark Teahen Challenger Baseball field, the American Family Insurance flag football/soccer field, an adaptive playground, pavilion with restrooms and small concession area, accessible parking lot and infrastructure for the entire complex. Future Projects include, the Trent Green Family Challenger Football/Soccer Field made out of synthetic turf, an all accessible playground with ramps and two synthetic grass baseball fields.
For more information about the Challenger Sports programs, please visit the Adaptive Programs section of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s website.