Sports Programs


The success of the Greensboro Challenger League reflects an extraordinary collaboration of parents and community organizations. Parents dedicate their time and energies to coach and support their children. The Greensboro Department of Parks & Recreation arranges access to a baseball field on Saturday mornings during the spring and fall as well as a gymnasium for adaptive basketball during the winter. Particpants also enjoy bowling on Saturday afternoons during the winter. The Greensboro Grasshoppers kick off the spring Challenger season with a baseball practice clinic at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Arc of Greensboro provides the essential administrative and support functions. Program costs are paid with donations from the participating families along with proceeds from The Arc's fund raising efforts. Participating athletes are recognized each fall at an awards banquet.

Siblings, students, friends and other concerned community residents function as volunteer "buddies" for the athletes. More than 130 special young athletes enjoy the benefits of physical activity, friendly competition and opportunity to socialize with their peers. For more information on the Challenger Sports League, please contact us at (336) 373-1076 or

Upcoming & Current Programs

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Recent Past Programs

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Registration is Open for Challenger Flag Football and Cheer

Post Date:07/26/2023 3:07 PM
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Unit is now registering people 10-35 for fall Carolina Panther’s Challenger League Flag Football and Cheerleading. The program, offered in partnership with the Arc of Greensboro and NC Fusion, is free and space is limited. Register for football or cheer online.


The league gives individuals with disabilities a chance to play flag football or cheerleading with assistance from volunteers. The league is supported by a grant from the Carolina Panthers. Practices will take place Fridays, 6-7:30 pm, September 9 to October 27. Game days may vary. A schedule will be sent out to all players and cheerleaders after registration.

AIR offers a variety of recreation programs and social events for individuals of all abilities. For more information about AIR programs, visit

Big 3 Challenger Basketball and Cheerleading


The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) unit offers Big 3 Challenger Basketball and Cheer from January 21 to March 3 for youth eight years old and up and adults with disabilities. Register for $10 at

Big 3 is designed for youth and adults with disabilities to build skills and knowledge of basketball and cheerleading. This program is offered in partnership with The ARC of Greensboro and the Kernersville and High Point Parks and Recreation departments. Practice are from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm, Saturdays January 21, January 28, and February 11, at the Smith Active Adult Center, 2401 Fairview St. Tournaments will be held from 6-8 pm on February 3, in Kernersville, and from 10 am to 12 noon on February 18, in High Point. The end of season ceremony is March 3, at Barber Park, 1500 Barber Park Dr.

For more information about AIR, visit For more program information, contact Greensboro Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program Coordinator Sharon Williams at or 336-373-2954.


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