CALIPATRIA, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)-Residents in Calipatria came out to support opening day for the Challenger tee ball division.
Marilyn Ishida, the Coaches Coordinator for the league said the rosters for the division are filled with children with special needs. Giving them the stage to shine in a league of their own.
Ishida said, "Calipat is a small community. So to have this kind of support from the community I love it. I mean the kids are going to love seeing the first responders. Seeing all the people out here. And hopefully, we have this turnout throughout the season."
For Christina Rivera, the league allows her 4-year-old son Elias who has autism the chance to play on the diamond.
"It's really important for him to be involved in a sport. For him to be able (to prove) that just because you have a condition doesn't mean that you can't be a part of something."
Rivera hopes her son can learn the fundamentals of the sport and as wells improve his social skills.
"Confidence and self-esteem. For him to (be) able to have friends you know. The older they get it gets harder for them."
And to interact with other parents who have shared experiences.
"Also as parents, it's very important to have another parent that's going through the same thing. You know we're not alone. It's okay to feel stress."
Various cities will host the Challengers Tee Ball Division throughout the season.