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Handicapped accessible restroom needed

HAMILTON, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- For 25 years, the Butler County Challenger Baseball League has been giving kids with special needs to opportunity to put on a mitt and play baseball.

In the beginning there were two teams, now the league has grown to 13 teams with more than 140 kids participating.  As the league grows, so do the needs for the league. This spring the league built a concession stand and storage area for equipment. However one basic service can't be provided without a lot of financial help: building a permanent, handicapped accessible restroom.

Right now, league President, Alan Lakamp says  there's only a portalet for the kids. 
"It would be very nice for the kids to have a place to walk in and have the privacy to have their own restroom area," said Lakamp. 
The league is doing what it can to raise money through raffle sales and an upcoming golf outing on May 18th at Beckett Ridge Country Club. However, it will take tens of thousands of dollars to complete the construction of a restroom.
"We have to tap into the sewer lines, the water lines, we have no water out here. Right now with the portalet, this is not good for these kids," said Kelly Lawson, who has a son playing in the league.
Lawson is spearheading fundraising efforts this year for the league and says for her son, the league is exactly what he needs.
"My son doesn't like to go outside, so I wanted to do something to get him out of the house. We signed up and it's been awesome for him," said Lawson.
Nine-year-old SheRon Minter plays for the Red Sox's team. For him it's all about having fun.
"For kids that are sitting down watching TV right now, it's a good way to get active and keep your body healthy and strong," said Minter.
Opening day for the league is May 4th.
For more information on upcoming events with the Butler County Challenger Baseball League click here.

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