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Little League Sponsors Step Up to the Plate for Tee Ball on the South Lawn


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 16, 2006) – Once again, several of Little League’s family of official sponsors are helping to defray the costs associated with Tee Ball on the South Lawn games at the White House.

On June 23, teams from military bases in New Jersey and Connecticut will play in the 14th Tee Ball on the South Lawn game since President Bush began the initiative in 2001, and the first game of 2006. The teams are the McGuire Air Force Base (N.J.) Little League Yankees and the Dolcom Little League Indians of Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn. No schedule has been announced for other games this year.

Little League’s sponsors helping to support the 2006 Tee Ball on the South Lawn games are: Ace Hardware, AIG Insurance, Musco Sports Lighting, and New Era.

“We are grateful to these sponsors, our corporate partners, for stepping forward to help with this important program,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Without their assistance, Little League would not be able to provide this level of assistance for these wonderful events.”

Sponsor assistance helps provide food for a post-game picnic on the South Lawn, equipment for the game, and to defray Little League’s personnel costs.

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