The Miracle League of Pa’s Laurel Highlands/Champions
The Miracle League of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands/Champions, formerly known as The Challenger League, was formed in 1993. It began when a local family, having a son born with cerebral palsy, was in search of activities that he could participate in and enjoy, particularly a baseball program. The family found such a program in Canonsburg and soon decided to begin a similar program locally. They joined with the Connellsville Little League to be known as the Challengers.
In 2009, the PONY (Protecting Our Nations Youth) organization formed a league, named the Champions, for developing young players with special needs. The Challengers now became Champions. In early 2011, the Champions also joined with the Miracle League, an organization whose goal is to build specially designed baseball fields that provide an extra measure of safety and make it possible for wheelchairs and walkers to navigate despite the weather. Combining both programs has allowed our league to bring the residents of this area the finest sports program for children with special needs.