Athletes up for the challenge to play T-Birds


The Hamilton Thunderbirds and the Hamilton Challenger Baseball Association are teaming up for a day of baseball at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Sunday (July 18).

The day will start with the two teams playing a challenger baseball game at 10 a.m. followed by a meet-and-greet with the Thunderbirds. The HCBA players will get a chance to participate in the Thunderbirds’ batting practice prior to the senior Intercounty Baseball League game against the Red Sox starting at 2 p.m.

The Hamilton Thunderbirds will provide free admission to all Challenger Baseball participants and registered volunteers to the game.

Thunderbirds’ general manager Larry Wood says, “We are fortunate to be able to work with an association such as the HCBA that does something so important for the challenged (disabled) athletes in Hamilton. As the past president of Hamilton District Baseball Association, I am a big fan of the HCBA program.”

He goes on to say, “The entire Thunderbirds organization is thrilled that the HCBA would work with us as we continue to give back to the community.”

HCBA president Mike Moore said the entire HCBA organization is excited about the event. “Larry Wood and the Thunderbirds have put together a very exciting program. This will definitely be the highlight of the season for the HCBA which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Our players are already getting pumped about a chance to play a game with the Thunderbirds players.”

The Hamilton Challenger Baseball Association is a non-profit charitable sports league for physically and developmentally challenged youth and adults ranging in age from 5 years to over 40 years. Approximately 150 players participate on teams and take part in social activities throughout the year. The HCBA provides sports and social activities for challenged athletes while developing skills, teamwork, sportsmanship as well as building self-esteem and confidence through participation and social interaction.

For more information on the Hamilton Challenger Baseball Association visit www.hcba.on.ca or contact the HCBA Hotline at (905) 521-5141.

Tickets for all Hamilton Thunderbirds home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Stadium Box Office on game day. For more information on Thunderbirds season tickets visit www.hamiltonthunderbirds.org. Fans can listen to every Hamilton Thunderbirds’ home game on INDI 101 or online at www.indifm.ca.