Antigonish athlete Avery Rankin was recently honored, in Toronto, by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jays Care Foundation.
Avery was invited to the Rogers Centre on Nov. 3 to take part in a celebration of Unstoppable Kids!
Avery was one of only 18 kids selected for this honour out of the thousands of kids that Jays Care works with, from across Canada, because of the incredible positivity that she brings to the local Challenger Baseball program.
Avery spent the day playing baseball on the field at the Rogers Centre, meeting Blue Jays players and staff and, generally, making friends and sharing hugs.
Photographs and videos from the day’s 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 skills, plus all the benefits of participation in baseball at a level structured to their abilities.
The 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, Avery’s coach in Antigonish, is also the National co-ordinator 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,” Crouse said.
He and the local committee are currently fundraising to build a more appropriate, fully accessible baseball field for the local athletes.
A multi-sport athlete, Avery also participates in taekwondo, Special Olympics and the Motor Skills at X program, for skating and swimming.