April 2nd was Autism Awareness Day and the Peetes celebrated in Fontana in a big way—a new baseball and softball field for young people with special needs and physical disabilities, like the Little League Challengers Division.
“Having the Challenger Division in this part of the city will help us find a lot more youth who can get involved,” Rick Fontana, the District 71 administrator said in an interview.
The $600,000 project is expected to be completed in June. In the neighborhood that surrounds Jack Bulik Park, there are approximately 3,000 children with special needs who will now be able to compete in the Challenger Division.
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What an awesome morning🙏🏽💖! RJ and I are participating in the groundbreaking of a brand new #Dodgers dream field in Fontana, California. This field is very special because it will serve the #autism, special needs and developmentally disabled community. What a blessing to families out here in Fontana. Kids with special needs want to play team sports so we need to give them that opportunity! So excited to spend #WorldAutismAwarenessDay here!! Thank you so much @dodgersfoundation 💙🧩💙🧩💙 shout out to #ChallengersDivision of @littleleague I met some beautiful kids and a sweet young Eric and big Mike! 💙💙💙💙💙🧩🧩
Holly Robinson Peete, whose son RJ is a Dodgers clubhouse assistant and has autism, was honored to be a part of the groundbreaking for the Dodgers’ dream project.
“Two of my four children played Little League, so I’ve always loved watching the Challenger games,” Peete said.
The LA Dodgers Foundation, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the City of Fontana, Easterseals Southern California, LA84 Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and Security Benefit all helped to provide funds for the Dreamfield.