Mark Segalla, Chief of Police
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Reading Police Assist with Challenger Division Baseball Game
READING — Chief Mark D. Segalla is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department assisted with the All-Star Challenger Division baseball game last weekend.
Players gathered at Hunt Field on June 19 for the event. Numerous members of the Reading Police Department and their families were in attendance.
In 2014, North Reading/Reading Little League established a Challenger Division. A separate subset of Little League Baseball, the Challenger Division was 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.
“This was a great event for the Reading Police Department to take part in, and we’re excited to make this an annual occurrence in town,” Chief Segalla said. “We are proud to connect police officers and their families through an activity as enjoyable as baseball.”
Chief Segalla and his team of officers would like to thank Chris and Andrea Hanson for their help planning the game, all the families who attended and participated, and the Reading Recreation Department for donating the Snowie Bus, which provided free snow cones to all players.