Fostering Sportsmanship & Friendship

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Our investment in inclusive sports

The Challenger Sports Campaign helps communities launch inclusive sports programs for young people of all abilities. We believe that sports-based programs can strengthen young people’s social development, no matter their physical or cognitive capacities.

These grants help Massachusetts cities and towns develop inclusive sports programs based on our Dorchester model, which pairs challenged athletes with peer buddies.

“Challenger Sports allows me to meet new people and really show what I can do.”

Jessica M.

READY TO GET IN THE GAME?

Applications are due by the end of January.

All applications must be affiliated with an eligible 501(c)(3) organization.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Here is what to expect during the application process:

Applications | January

Coordinate with your sponsor organization and community members to apply for a Challenger Sports grant.

Reviews and Awards | January – February

Grant applications are reviewed by our Selection Committee.

Suit Up! Play the Season | March – December

Selected programs will be notified by March 1st. Teams play as soon as the ground is ready. The Martin Richard Foundation may visit to see you in action!

Reflect and Report | Upon Completion of Season

Grant recipients are required to submit an online report by December 31st. We look forward to celebrating your successful season!

Download our Challenger Sports Playbook

Reflections from Dorchester Baseball

“I know my brother would really have loved this. He loved baseball himself. He loved to give back to the community. I think he would be really proud of everyone.
It’s not only kids in Boston and Dorchester that need this. There are kids everywhere. No matter where they are, kids need to have a good experience and they should have the opportunity to experience sports in their childhood.”
–HENRY, Challenger Sports Buddy and Martin’s Brother

Our first Challenger Sports program was developed by Dorchester Baseball, enhanced by the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and has become an example for other communities. This model provides provides a safe, fun way for young people with disabilities to participate in local sports with the assistance of peer-aged buddies.