National Little League® Week Highlights the Program’s Past, Present and Future
National Little League® Week is recognized annually during the second week of June. In 1959, Pennsylvania state representative, Alan R. Bush came up with the idea of dedicating seven days to Little League. On the 25th Anniversary of Little League’s founding, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation that officially marked National Little League Week. Mr. Eisenhower was a great supporter of Little League because of all it offered our youth. The proclamation read, “Little League Baseball not only promotes the physical well-being of the players, but also instills into them the qualities of fairness, cooperation, and discipline-qualities which contribute to the development of good citizenship”.
By 1959, twenty-five countries participated in Little League Baseball®, making up 25,000 teams. Only three years later, President John F. Kennedy reestablished the proclamation. Various members of Kennedy’s staff were active supporters and volunteers in Little League, including Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Press Secretary Pierre Salinger.
Little League International, located in South Williamsport, Pa., holds an annual Little League Baseball World Series luncheon during National Little League Week. At the luncheon, the Little League Baseball World Series schedule of games is released. National Little League Week also coincides with Flag Day, which is June 14th. Flag Day was enacted by President Harry S. Truman in commemoration of the official United States flag.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the largest youth sports program in the world. National Little League Week recognizes the advancements of the program, since its founding 76 years ago.