Highland Challenger League Named League of the Year

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mattingly Charities is proud to support the Highland Challenger League.  The league is being honored at the Little League World Series as League of the Year! Here's the feature from the 2016 Little League World Series Program.

 During our event on December 3, 2015, Don and Lori presented president Matt Pokorney with a check for $25,000 that went to completing their all-turf field. 

What is the Highland Challenger League?  Let Matt Pokorney tell you:

Challenger league is a division of Little League baseball. We decided 4 years ago that we were not doing enough to share our ball park with our community and we landed on the idea to being Challenger Baseball to Evansville. Little League advised me that most leagues in the country held about 30 kids and that would be a good number to shoot at to maintain.  Our first year we had 55 kids come out and over 100 volunteers. Now we have over 135 kids in our spring and fall ball programs.  We use our local community high school programs, both colleges, churches, and business, as well as have had our local police officers join us as buddies. Last year we had over 400 different volunteers help assist on the field of play. 
 
Challenger is 100% free to play. We rely on donations, grants, sponsors and fundraising to make it all what it is today. 
 
Projects we have completed to get the league where is is today:
 
New ADA restrooms 
Concreete paths 
Black top parking 
Sidewalks 
Hard surface seating area 
ADA dugouts 
And now the new turf field surface 
 
Future projects include:
Covered Cooling center 
More hard surface parking 
More turf field to grow the league bigger 
 
If youre child would like to play, here's how to sign up.
 
If you wish to donate, click the "donate" button at the top of this page and note that you would like for your tax free donation go torwards the Highland Challenger League. 
 
 

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Mattingly Charities has been created to serve underprivileged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities. Mattingly Charities will provide funding and services and equipment for baseball, softball, and ultimately other sports, and related youth development activities, for the benefit of underprivileged youth, youth leagues, and social welfare and related organizations. 100% of the efforts of the organization will be focused on these activities.

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Our Founder

Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Don Mattingly played his entire 14-year Major League career from 1982-95 with the New York Yankees. Currently, Don is the manager of the Miami Marlins.
 

Career highlights include: 
- 1984 AL Batting Champ
- 1985 AL MVP
- 3X Silver Slugger Award Winner
- 6x All-Star/ 9X Gold Glove Award winner
- 1997 New York Yankees retired #23
- 2004-2007 New York Yankees coach
- 2008- 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach
- 2011-2015 Los Angeles Dodgers manager