Venice Challenger Baseball allows every player to bat and play in the field every inning. Siblings, friends and local organizations, such as Venice High School sports teams and service clubs serve as “Buddies.”
“Buddies” help players when they bat, run the bases, play in the field and push wheelchairs. The entire family and the community gets involved.
Bekah Horsley, an 11th grade soccer player at Venice High, has been volunteering for years with a local church group.
“It’s something you have to experience,” she says. “It’s hard to put into words. It gives me such a great feeling.”
“It’s a loving atmosphere. Just seeing the players’ smiles makes my day. It’s so easy!”
Orion Kerkering is a sophomore at Venice High. He has been a Buddy with the Challengers for more than three years. He has experience playing Little League baseball and currently plays on the Venice High School Baseball Team. He loves playing in the field and running base with Challenger kids.
“Volunteering for the Challengers helps us gain leadership skills and give back to the community. It makes me happy to make them happy!”
Mac Guscette is a 9th grade baseball player who started playing in Little League. He currently plays for Venice High and on a travel ball team. Mac volunteers as a Buddy whenever he gets the chance. He helps players around the bases and likes to pitch to them.
“It makes me realize how fortunate I am. The Challenger players don’t get to play in a regular league and VCB gives them the chance to play.”