Our History

How It All Started

It all started with a dad who loves baseball. Ron Kampff first volunteered as a coach when his sons began playing t-ball in 1993. Over time, Ron’s passion for the game grew. He quickly noticed a group of challenged individuals who had a desire to play but nowhere to go.  He then learned Challenger athletes and teams were given the lowest priority for field availability, only being able to play if fields were not in use by other Little Leagues, Schools or Towns. When they were able to play it was on traditional fields with raised surfaces and uneven terrain presenting safety concerns.

His love of the sport inspired him to bring Challenger Baseball to Webster in 2001.  Challenger Baseball is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.  Today, there are 400 athletes playing Challenger Baseball throughout the Greater Rochester region.

Ron continued to dream about building a Miracle Field in Monroe County that would be even, safe and accessible.  In June of 2015, Challenger Miracle Field of Western New York was recognized as an 501(3)© and Ron worked tirelessly to make the field a reality breaking ground in August of 2016. He raised funds and enlisted the support of countless donors. He donated thousands of hours to spread the word about Challenger Baseball and Miracle Field with the official opening day celebration in August of 2017.  Ron’s passion is infectious and his motives so pure and it just continues to grow impacting many people in the community. To meet some of Our Champions Click Here.