"My desire to help others led me to a career in social work.  I received a bachelors degree in psychology, then pursued my masters in social work from Valdosta State College.  In 1999, began my career as a case manger for a residential program for adults with disabilities.

Since that time I have worked with outpatient mental health programs for children, as well as geriatric patients.  I now serve as an oncology social worker in an area cancer center.

While my career is rewarding and I enjoy the work I do, I really wanted to serve as a volunteer in an organization where I felt that I could really give to others.  I was fortunate enough to have met Jennifer Sapp just as the conception of the Challenger League was about to become reality.  I served as a buddy during the first season along with my youngest son.  We both really enjoyed this experience as these kids gave so much more to us than we gave to them.  Seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter, and watching the proud parents getting to watch their children "play ball" was such an awesome experience.  I have since served on the league as a kickball coach and a T-ball coach, which I thoroughly enjoy.

I also love that my sons, Donovan (19) and Cortin (13) get to participate in the program as volunteers.  I am very proud to be a new member of the board for the Challenger League."

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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