The Challenger program has become a growing trend for all high schools to have. The Challenger sports program allows people with disabilities to participate and compete in sports that are common among high school athletes. The Challenger athletes at Point Pleasant Boro High School expressed interest over the years to participate and learn football and basketball, every year during their respective seasons.
On Thursdays and Sundays during the football season, PPBHS football players get together with the Pirates Challenger team for practices and games. On Thursdays, after the football players practice, they join the Challenger kids for a pasta party and an hour-long practice. Every Sunday morning, there is a weekly game between the Panthers and the Pirates, in which the Pirates are undefeated. The game happens at AL Saner Field and there are announcers up in the press box. In 2018, there were some additions to the Challenger Football Program. The Point Beach football team joined PPBHS and helped out on Sunday games. The Pirates played games against new opponents such as the Point Boro Fire Department and other Challenger Football Teams.
On Saturday mornings during the basketball season, PPBHS basketball players and coaches invite the Challenger athletes to learn and play basketball from 11-12:15. During practice, the participants run through drills and end by playing a 30-minute game for fun.
After the games and practices, all of the Challenger athletes can spend time with the PPBHS teams and coaches, to get to know their families and friends. It’s a great atmosphere and all of the participants seem to love the program, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.