VENICE - A huge congratulations goes out to Venice Challenger baseball coach Rich Carroll, as he wins national award.

Carroll, the Founder and creator of Venice Challenger Baseball has been tapped as one of two winners in the "My Coach, My Hero" award, presented by Little League Baseball, the Positive Coaching Alliance and Lance Sandwich Crackers.

As part of the award, Lance is making a $5,000 donation to help build Challenger Baseball's "Field of Dreams," next to the Gene Whipp Sports Center for Special Athletes and the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club.

Carroll said he was happy about the increased recognition the national award would bring to the Challenger program.