Taking a cue from the Hudson Hawks organization, the Hudson Baseball Association is set to host its first annual Hudson Special Olympics Challenger Baseball game June 16 at 4 p.m.

"The Hawks organization has been setting a great example for over a decade with their Challenger Football Game and as an organization, we felt it was time for us to step up and do our part as well," HBA president Chris Prado said.

The game is scheduled to take place at The Ballpark at Hudson with the Hudson High School’s coaching staff serving as the coaches of the Special Olympic Athletes.

"We have a very dedicated team in place that has been working hard behind the scenes to make this first game a big-league experience for these great athletes," Prado said. "We are excited to get all of the HBA teams involved in raising money for Hudson Special Olympics and the game will take place right in the middle of a weekend-long tournament at the ballpark with hopes of maximizing attendance and funds raised."

If a Special Olympian athlete would like to play in the game, contact Mark Salem at marksalem11@gmail.com.