Welcome to the Cape Cod Challenger Club. Let us tell you our story…
In the spring of 2004, a few Sandwich Little League volunteers organized a small group of physically and developmentally disabled children to play baseball for a six week period during the little league season. Deemed a huge success by everyone, many of the parents expressed the need for a program that offered year-round recreational and social opportunities for their children. After months of planning and discussion, husband and wife Kelvin Ing and Amy Lipkind, who have no special needs children of their own, incorporated the Cape Cod Challenger Club in August 2005 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The mission of the Cape Cod Challenger Club is to enrich the quality of life for children and young adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities by providing them with the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletic, recreational and social activities that are most often not available to them under typical circumstances.
What began with a handful of baseball players has now grown into a year-round athletic, recreational and social activities program for children and young adults with disabilities. With over 300 participants, and nearly as many volunteers, the Cape Cod Challenger Club now shares its own facility with the Cape Cod Collaborative. Occupying a formerly closed elementary school that has now been completely renovated to meet the needs of its special population, the Club controls its own fields, gymnasium, recreation rooms, kitchen and cafetorium with a stage area. Continuing to grow and keeping the organization going strong has been a “labor of love” for Kelvin and Amy who still oversee and operate the Cape Cod Challenger Club as volunteers. There is no paid administrative or support staff and the organization is funded solely through charitable contributions, fundraising and grants.
In 2006, Amy & Kelvin received the Outstanding Inspiration Award from the Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod in recognition of the achievements of the Cape Cod Challenger Club in its inaugural year. In March of 2007, Amy and Kelvin were recognized at a ceremony in Boston by the Federation for Children with Special Needs with the Community Partnership Award. Over the years the Cape Cod Challenger Club has been recognized by numerous organizations and agencies for its outstanding work.
The emphasis of the organization’s programs and activities is placed on active participation in a supportive and encouraging, fun, safe and non-competitive environment. The goal is to provide all participants the opportunity for individual growth and development, and to foster self-confidence and self-esteem to help them achieve their personal best.
The continued growth of the Cape Cod Challenger Club is an indication of the community’s need for the services that it offers. What began as a small group of children playing baseball in Sandwich, MA has evolved into an organization that serves hundreds of children, young adults and adults from Plymouth to Chatham. ………………………………………………………………………………………
Some of the organization’s seasonal programs include basketball, martial arts and bowling in the winter; a spring baseball program; and a soccer program in the fall. Activities available on a year-round basis are art, music, fun fitness activities, and age-appropriate social clubs. In addition, the club hosts various parties, dances, and social events throughout the year.
These programs and activities are free of charge to all eligible participants, however, donations are accepted. There is no cost for our recreational, athletic and social activities. There are no registration or membership fees for any eligible participant. The organization is operated by volunteers and funded through charitable contributions, fundraising efforts and grants. One hundred percent of the money raised goes toward the operation of the organization’s programs. Please visit our Donation page to see how you can help. The Cape Cod Challenger Club is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.