Congratulations to Avery Rankin, an Antigonish athlete and Grade 1 student at Antigonish Education Centre, who was recently honored in Toronto by the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation. Avery was invited to the Rogers Centre on November 3, 2017, to take part in a celebration as part of the 2018 Unstoppable Kids campaign.
Avery was 1 of only 18 kids selected for this honour out of the thousands of children who Jays Care works with from across Canada because of the incredible positivity that she brings to Challenger Baseball. Avery spent the day playing baseball on the field at the Rogers Centre, meeting Blue Jays players and staff, and making friends and sharing hugs. Photographs and videos from the events will be used to further the goals of the Jays Care programs.
Challenger Baseball is an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the thrill of playing baseball, being part of a team, developing physical and social skill plus all the benefits of participation in baseball, at a level structured to their abilities.
Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation, Baseball Canada and Little League Canada are working together for the betterment of Challenger Baseball in Canada. These groups, along with Baseball Nova Scotia, are also committed to developing Challenger Baseball throughout Nova Scotia.
Randy Crouse, coach of Avery’s Antigonish Challenger Baseball team, is also the National Coordinator of Challenger Baseball Canada. “All of our athletes are worthy of celebration, and Avery is an awesome choice to represent the energy and good cheer that defines our team,” said Mr. Crouse. The local committee and Mr. Crouse are currently fundraising to build a more appropriate, fully assessable baseball field for the local athletes.
Avery also enjoys participating in Taekwondo, Special Olympics and the Motor Skills at X program for skating and swimming.