WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. If you're a lifelong baseball fan, chances are you dreamt about making it to the Little League World Series as a kid.
On Saturday, the Grand Junction Challenger Baseball team and their CMU baseball buddies realized that dream.
The Challenger Baseball team played their exhibition game at Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in front of their friends, family, and thousands of Little League World Series fans.
Best thing about the game is that everybody wins!
This trip was months in the making, but it’s a memory that Challenger Baseball coach, Carma Brown says is going to last a lifetime for everyone involved.
“This is a special moment for everybody, but for the parents, this is epic. It's priceless and that's what it's all about, to give these kids their day in the sun and today that happened. To the people back in Grand Junction the time and energy and money that you don't to our program, we aren’t here without you so thank you to you all,” said Carma Brown.
While every single one of these Challenger Baseball players has an amazing story to tell, we’re shining the light on Braden Anderson.
Braden is the only Challenger Baseball player who road tripped it all the way to Williamsport. His wheelchair makes it difficult to travel on an airplane.
He and family drove 1800 miles over three days to make it the Little League World Series, snd now that it's said and done, his mom says it was all worth it.
“I don’t words can describe it, I think as a parent of a child with a disability they go through their whole life, and you have to face the fact that they're not like the other children. It's amazing that they have this program and that they allow these kids play and be in this environment and to know to teach them that they can do anything if they set their mind to it despite their disability,” said Melissa Anderson, Braden’s mother.