Reading Police Help Make Challenger Division’s Season-Ending Baseball Game a Success

Members of the Reading Police Department, including Chief Mark Segalla, showed up to support the All-Star Challenger Division baseball game. (Courtesy Photo)

Chief Mark D. Segalla is pleased to announce that he and other members of the Reading Police Department assisted with the North Reading/Reading Challenger Division’s final baseball game of the season last weekend.

Players gathered at Hunt Field on Sunday, June 11 for the event, along with several Reading police officers.

In 2014, North Reading/Reading Little League established its own Challenger Division, which is a branch of Little League Baseball that launched nationally in 1989 to give boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities the chance to participate in the sport. 

The North Reading/Reading Challenger Division is open to residents, ages 4 to 18 (or up to 22 if still enrolled in high school). Each player is partnered with a buddy to assist on the field when needed. Reading Police Officers worked with buddies already in place to ensure the game went off without a hitch.

“We relish every opportunity to get out and participate in community events,” Chief Segalla said. “The Challenger Division is a special communtiy asset, and I am glad that we had a chance to get involved and do our part to make the game a special one for the players and their families.”

Chief Segalla and his team of officers would like to thank Chris and Andrea Hanson for their effort in planning the game as well as all the families who attended and participated in the game. They also wish to thank the Reading Recreation Department, which joined the police in assisting on game day.

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