Press Room

Rochester Garlic Festival Is A Big Success

September 16, 2019
Thousands flocked to the Rochester Garlic Festival this past weekend at the Webster Rec Center. The festival was resurrected this year by Challenger Miracle Field and offered a number of indoor and outdoor vendors with garlic cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, garlic-themed arts and crafts, and more.

Ron Kampff honored with the Heart and Soul Award

March 15, 2019
The Heart and Soul Award is given annually from Catholic Charities Community Services to an individual who has significantly advocated, supported, encouraged and promoted a just and compassionate society for all. Ron Kampff, our Founder and President, was awarded this honor in March of 2019.



Challenger Miracle Field receives nearly $500,000 grant from Wilson Foundation

April 13, 2018
A grant of nearly a half-million dollars will help Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester complete the second phase of construction as well as covering operating costs for the first three years. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is providing a grant of $487,881. Created by the late founder and long-time owner of the Buffalo Bills,...

Challenger Miracle Field awarded more than $400,000 by Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

April 13, 2018
Webster, N.Y. (WHAM) — The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation awarded $487,881 to the Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester. The grant will go towards the construction and operation of their $2.5 million state-of-the-art Miracle Field Complex at Ridge Park Athletic Complex in Webster.

A mom remembers a son who helped inspire a miracle

August 25, 2017
Amanda Sparrin vividly remembers how excited her son, Bryson, was when she signed him up to play Challenger Little League Baseball in Webster in the spring of 2010. The charismatic five-year-old, known to everyone he met simply as “B,’’ couldn’t wait to put on a uniform, but he had one stipulation for the program’s commissioner, Ron Kampff. And this requirement would be non-negotiable.

Challenger Baseball celebrates grand opening of Miracle Field

August 23, 2017
Challenger Baseball of Greater Rochester will celebrate the grand opening of its new field this weekend, creating more opportunities for kids and adults with disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball.

A Miracle Field for Rochester…a true miracle

June 27, 2017
It is easy to see Nico Santiago’s strength when he’s hitting baseballs with his dad. It is with this strength that he battles neuromuscular disease. Nico, from Irondequoit, was born with congenital myasthenia gravis, a rare chronic neuromuscular disease that causes weakness throughout his whole body.

Miracle Field Fete

April 21, 2017
A celebratory Miracle Field Fete is planned for April 29 at The Arbor Loft in Rochester. Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester Board President Ron Kampff and Challenger Baseball mom and coach Amanda Sparrin discussed the event and progress toward the completion of the Miracle Field in Webster Friday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Winter Softball helps Miracle Field

February 22, 2017
The Monroe County Deputy Sheriff's Association will host the third Winter Softball Tournament on Saturday, March 4 at the Webster Recreation Center to benefit construction of the Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester.

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, Hilton native hosts baseball clinic

February 19, 2017
A simple goal for one pro baseball player who is back home locally this weekend: To make sure everyone feels like a major leaguer for the day. Hilton native Jon Schwind is playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Saturday, he held a clinic for people with disabilities at Salmon Creek Country Club in Ogden.


Left to right: Don Barone, Kathy Meyer, Ron Kampff, Lions Immediate Past District Governor Tim Crawford, Marlene Lazzaro, Webster Lions Membership Chair Gary Lazzaro and Webster Lions President Dave Lazzar.

Miracle Field in Webster gets $75K grant

October 19th, 2016
The Lions Club International Foundation announced Wednesday it awarded a $75,000 grant to the Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester.




Groundbreaking set for Miracle Field

August 5th, 2016
A groundbreaking for the Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester will be held this Saturday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. at Ridge Park in Webster.

The miracle of a Webster sports field about to come true

August 5th, 2016
There were times in the past 27 months when Ron Kampff wondered what he had gotten himself into; times when he thought he bit off more than he could chew while trying to raise money to build a state-of-the-art field in Webster to benefit physically and cognitively challenged kids from Monroe County and beyond.

Webster Miracle Field to break ground

August 4th, 2016
A miracle is starting this weekend. A Challenger Miracle Field, to be exact, will be built in Webster, starting with a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday.The project, situated on Ridge Road near Webster Town Hall, has been two years in the making, and will bring a special baseball field to the area that can be used by players with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester

August 4th, 2016
Ahead of the groundbreaking for their new athletic complex on Saturday, Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester shared their mission on how they help children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Adaptive sports field to host groundbreaking ceremony

July 29th, 2016
Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester — home of Challenger baseball and other adaptive team sports — will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at noon Aug. 6 at Ridge Park, 1000 Ridge Road, Webster.

Meet Challenger baseball’s Nolan Ryan

June 11th, 2016
Dave Lanning enjoyed a lot of success during his many decades as a football and baseball coach at Fairport High School. So much success that his work as an educator and mentor earned him a spot in the Section V football and baseball halls of fame, as well as the Frontier Field Walk of Fame.

Webster student councils to host Run, Walk and Roll 5K

May 16th, 2016
The Webster Schroeder High School and Webster Thomas High School student councils will host the Run, Walk and Roll 5K to benefit Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester at 9:30 a.m. June 12 at Webster Thomas, 800 Five Mile Line Road.

Even Soggy, Garlic Fest is Great

September 12th, 2015
Chances are good that a lot of people looked at the weather forecast for this weekend and decided that they would scrap their plans to attend the Webster Garlic Festival. That would be a mistake.

Webster Students Host Relay For Handicap-Accessible ‘Miracle Field’

June 27th, 2015
People ran for 12 hours straight Saturday to help raise money to help build a "miracle field" for the developmentally disabled in Webster Ridge Park. Teams of runners made up of Webster Thomas cross country members past and present took part in the one mile relay.

Challenger Baseball World Series takes over Frontier Field

June 20th, 2015
More than 300 kids from all over the area took over Frontier Field, for the "Challenger Baseball World Series." The game brings children who are physically or mentally challenged together. All the players are between four and eighteen years old, and both girls and boys are allowed to play.

Challenger Miracle Field

June 19th, 2015
Supporters of Challenger Baseball are working to construct a "Miracle Field" in Webster. Ron Kampff, who is helping lead the charge, and wheelchair athlete Joe Slaski discussed the initiative Friday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Challenger Baseball is What Sport Should be About

June 19th, 2015
Brendan O’Riordan inherited a love of baseball from his father. So it wasn’t surprising that when he was just knee-high to a Louisville Slugger he became a bat boy for the Fairport Little League team his big brother played on and his dad coached.

Baseball League For Those With Disabilities Hopes To Build Special Field

June 7th, 2015
Baseball is known to many as America’s pastime, but for those in the Webster Challenger League, it’s far more than just a game. “It’s a chance for them to get out and socialize with a lot of kids at once, and a lot of parents and older kids that will accept them for who they are and what they are able to do,” Chaney Roko, one of the mother’s said.

Fundraiser planned for Webster Miracle Field

October 24th, 2014
Volunteers working to build a specialized sports field in Webster for children who are mobility-impaired will hold their first major fundraiser, a wine tasting, on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Exciting New Challenger Miracle Field Coming to Webster

October 9th, 2014
An organizing committee of local Webster residents has gathered to build a state-of- the-art baseball/multi-field that is especially designed for children in the Webster and greater Rochester area with special needs. The Webster Town Board was presented an inside look at the field and construction plans at our last board workshop. We are excited to be part of this project coming to Webster. The new field will be built at Ridge Park for children of all ages and for all special needs.

Challenger Baseball World Series at Frontier Field

June 13th, 2014
The 22nd annual Challenger Baseball World Series will be held Saturday, June 14 at Frontier Field in Rochester. Webster's Challenger Baseball coach Ron Kampff discussed the event Friday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Fairport East Rochester Post

June 11th, 2013
The 21st Annual Challenger Baseball World Series will be conducted on Saturday at Frontier Field. Over 260 players representing squads from Fairport, Greece, Penfield, Pittsford, Westside, Webster, Victor and the Finger Lakes (Geneva) will compete.