Fostering Sportsmanship & Friendship
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.”
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!
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.