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Local Challenger Baseball League player hangs out at White House with Trumps, sports stars

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 6/6/18

Local Challenger Baseball League player Ethan Whitaker was part of a special day at the White House last week.

At a field day on Wednesday held by the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness …

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Local Challenger Baseball League player hangs out at White House with Trumps, sports stars

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Local Challenger Baseball League player Ethan Whitaker was part of a special day at the White House last week.

At a field day on Wednesday held by the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, the 10-year-old Middletown resident was able to meet a number of athletes and politicians. Those on hand included President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka. Athletes included former NFL football star Herschel Walker; college football player Jake Olson, who is legally blind; volleyball Olympian Misty May-Treanor; and former Major League Baseball all-stars Johnny Damon and Mariano Rivera.

Camp Hill Challenger Baseball League was one of 12 programs that attended the field day. The baseball league is designed for children and young adults with mental or physical disabilities, and 15 members went to the White House.

“The trip to the White House was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ethan’s grandmother Lynn Briner said in an email after the event.

Briner said that Damon was in the batting cage with Ethan, and after Damon signed his jersey.

“Ethan loved it as he really loves baseball,” Briner said.

Briner said Ethan was cheering on Trump and giving him baseball tips.

“I think that was a big highlight of Ethan’s day as all he wanted to do was meet Donald Trump,” Briner said.

The children played flag football, baseball, volleyball, golf, soccer, and track and field.