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Goin' Camping: Little League Urban Initiative Offers Opportunity to Attend Little League Baseball Camp through Scholarship Program

Goin' Camping: Little League Urban Initiative Offers Opportunity to Attend Little League Baseball Camp through Scholarship Program

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For more than 10 years, the Little League Urban Initiative has created opportunities for children in urban and metropolitan neighborhoods throughout the United States to play Little League in their communities.

Again this summer, children from leagues chartered through the Urban Initiative, will have the chance to tell Little League International what playing Little League means to them and their reward may be a trip to Williamsport for a week of instruction at Little League Baseball Camp.

“Since the Urban Initiative program was created, its primary goal has been to make the benefits of participating in Little League available to children in places where green space and playing opportunities were limited,” Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, said. “We, as an organization, have seen the impact that the Little League program has had on urban neighborhoods throughout the United States, and this scholarship now gives us the means to provide a wonderful experience to the players who are benefiting from their participation in Little League.”

Five scholarship winners, representing each of the five regions in the United States, will be selected and receive a trip to the home of the Little League Baseball World Series, along with full room and board for the week-long summer camp (July 21-26).

Only players in leagues that are participating through the Little League Urban Initiative are eligible. Each league may nominate up to three players (league-ages 10-14 only), and each nominated player must submit an essay of 300 words or less, describing what playing Little League means to them.

A scholarship entry form is available here.

Entrees can to be faxed to Mr. Ervin, at: 336-447-4940; emailed to: dervin@LittleLeague.org; or mailed to:

Little League International

C/O: Demiko Ervin

Director, Little League Urban Initiative

539 Montgomery Pike

South Williamsport, Pa., 17702

The deadline for Little League Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship entrees is June 7, 2013.

A component of Little League Baseball and Softball, the Little League Urban Initiative began in 1999 with programs in Los Angeles and Harlem, N.Y., and expanded to other cities in 2000.

The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 225 leagues in nearly 100 cities or metropolitan areas in the United States.

The Little League Urban Initiative program provides assistance packages for eligible leagues that aid the local volunteer group with equipment acquisition, capital improvement cash grants, field development and renovation, access to Little League Baseball and Softball education and training programs, advocacy, and networking.

Demiko Ervin (back) & (L-R) Gabriel Garcia, Keilan Walker, DaVarwin Davis & Mareo Hunter

Last summer marked the third year that the Little League Urban Initiative has offered the Little League Summer Camp scholarship to players from leagues participating in the Urban Initiative. The 2012 recipients, pictured here with Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, were, from left to right: Gabriel Garcia, 11, of Memphis (Tenn.) Little League; Keilan Walker, 12, of Sacramento (Calif.) Airport Little League; DaVarwin Davis, 12, from West Dallas (Texas) Little League; and James Beckum Little Leaguer Mareo Hunter, 12, from Milwaukee. The 2013 scholarship is open to Urban Initiative leagues in all five of Little League’s regions in the United States.