“I joined the Challenger League during my internship with the Lee County School System and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met many wonderful people during my time in the league. Being able to provide these players with the chance to be a part of a team and helping them discover abilities they may not have known they had has been a fun and rewarding experience for me.

I hope that I am able to teach these kids a portion of what I have learned from them. I am honored and excited to be a part of this league, and I can’t wait to see what is yet to come.”

  • Original member and head coach in the Challenger League.
  • 2015 Honor Graduate from Troy University with a degree in Sports Management.
  • 2012 Honor Graduate from Albany Technical College with degrees in Human Resources and Service Sector Management.
  • Member of the National Technical Honor Society.
  • Worked full time with special needs kids for the last five years.
  • Worked in the youth sports department for two years at the Albany YMCA.
  • Played sports for all of my life and have experience coaching football, baseball, and basketball.

Our Mission

Challenger League believes that all individuals have the right to experience life to its fullest potential and to have full recognition of his/her dignity and individuality. Challenger League provides children with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic and social events, develop lasting relationships among their peers, coaches and parents, and show them they are an important part of their community by creating an environment of inclusion for both their kids and their parents.


  • "Our son Wes has Autism. The Challenger League has been a blessing to our son as it has given him opportunities I feel otherwise would not be readily available. He is a smart, energetic boy with so much to offer and has been able to become more involved because of the Challenger League. We also love the Challenger League's promotion of special needs in the community and feels it brings more awareness and education."
    Heather Hood Johnson
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