Little League® Baseball and Softball is excited to announce the official dates and locations of its eight Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees for 2017, held at six different states throughout the United States between April and June. Established in 2004, the Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree offers more than 1,000 boys and girls annually the opportunity to compete, make new friends, and forge lifelong memories.
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“Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees are a great opportunity for boys and girls to compete together around the United States and enjoy the opportunity that a Little League Tournament experience,” said Demiko Ervin, Little League Director of the Urban Initiative Program. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication that our volunteers will provide at each of our eight locations and are looking forward to the great experiences that each of our jamborees will offer.”
Established in 1999 to provide opportunities for communities in metropolitan areas to reap the benefits of having local Little League programs in their neighborhoods, the Little League Urban Initiative has helped tens of thousands of children and volunteers in cities throughout the United States. The Urban Initiative Jamborees are unique events to bring players from local programs that benefit from the support of the Urban Initiative together for a weekend of comradery and competition.
The Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree was first established in 2004 with one, national tournament. Little League expanded the Jamborees to regional events in 2010. At these Jamborees, teams compete in a weekend-long tournament, with the Championship Game typically being played on Sunday afternoon. Jamboree participants also have other opportunities to interact with fellow players and the community through events such as attending a Major League Baseball game.
There are currently more than 220 leagues in nearly 90 cities in the United States who benefit from the Little League Urban Initiative, and the program has stimulated the participation of 4,000 teams and approximately 52,000 players since its inception.
2017 Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree Dates and Locations
• April 21-23 – Southern California Jamboree (National City, Calif.)
• May 5-7 – Florida State Jamboree (Clearwater, Fla.)
• May 19-21 – Northern California Jamboree (Stockton, Calif.)
• May 19-21 – Texas State Jamboree (Houston, Texas)
• May 26-28 – Georgia Jamboree (Decatur, Ga.)
• June 2-4 – Texas State Softball Jamboree (Dallas, Texas)
• June 9-11 – New York Metro Jamboree (Bronx, N.Y.)
• June 23-25 – Central Region Jamboree (Lynwood, Ill.)
For more information on the Little League Urban Initiative and the Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees, please contact Demiko Ervin, Little League Director of the Urban Initiative Program, at dervin@LittleLeague.org or 570-326-1921 ext. 2245. Members of the media are invited to attend the Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees and are asked to send a request to dervin@LittleLeague.org and firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in covering an event.