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Teamsters continue support for Challenger baseball

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Braintree Challengers Little League will receive financial help for the fourth year in a row from Teamsters Local 25, receiving a $10,000 grant for the summer baseball program. Raised at an annual autism fund-raising gala in March, the funding will go a long way with the local organization, which teaches children with disabilities how to play the national pastime. “It’s a great program,” said Teamsters president Sean O’Brien. “And you give these kids the sense of being on a team. It’s their World Series.” The funding will provide the financial backing for the group. “For the fourth year in a row, parents of children with physical and mental disabilities will not have to worry about paying for the simple joy of watching their children play baseball,’’ said Lorrie Fennell, a volunteer for Braintree American Little League’s Challenger Division. “Because of the generosity of Teamsters Local 25, more than 140 children from more than 30 different communities will cross home plate in a full uniform once again this year.” The Braintree organization is one of several Challenger districts that receive financial backing from the Teamsters. “A lot of times it seems like a lonely road for children with autism or special needs,” O’Brien said. “It’s good to engage with other families. Everyone gets to cheer on their special player.”

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