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Recognizing the Highland Challenger League as this Week's Hometown Heroes

They're a team who sees the value in everyone.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 9:35 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2021 9:47 AM

They're a team who sees the value in everyone.

The Highland Challenger League with a core belief the joy of sports can be experienced by everyone.

"Our motto is baseball is for everyone, and it is," says Ed Nottle.

The Challenger League provides a safe and inclusive environment for athletes of all abilities.

Since their inception in 2014, more than 5,500 community volunteers have helped the upwards of 150 young athletes throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Ed Nottle is another driving force, making dreams come true on the diamond.

"This program is aimed at much to the parents as it is the children," says Nottle.

As someone who has been in baseball most of their life, he now spends his day giving back where he can help the league.

"You know what I love about the challenger league baseball, I was in baseball all my life, 52 years, we have no outs, nobody makes an out, everybody scores," says Nottle.

The Highland Challenger League is the largest and fastest growing league program in the world.

No player is denied and there is no cost to the families.

"Baseball takes you away from, like music," says Nottle. "Baseball and music both take you away from things for a little bit."

The league works with local high school and college athletic programs to provide the children with a buddy who helps them learn the game of baseball.

Nottle says in his eyes the real heroes are the kids who take to the field giving it their all.

"It's the most, easily the most enjoyable and the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life," says Nottle.

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