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W&L Sophomore Makes a New Friend Through Little League

His long-term dedication to the Challenger League Program of the Southwest Forsyth Little League in his hometown of Clemmons, N.C., garnered Robert DeLuca, a Washington and Lee sophomore, an invitation to volunteer as an assistant/buddy at this year’s Little League World Series Challenger Exhibition Game in Williamsport, Pa.

Little League Baseball established the Challenger Division in 1989 to allow boys and girls with developmental and physical challenges to enjoy the sport. During the Little League World Series, the Challenger team from Southwest Forsyth played a team from Portsmouth, R.I., representing the more than 30,000 Challenger players and 900 leagues worldwide.

Robert, who has not yet declared a major, is a graduate of Forsyth Country Day. He and his buddy at the August tournament, Challenger player Craig Nelson, met ESPN analyst and former Major League All-Star Nomar Garciaparra during the festivities.