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New League Development Program Results in 175 Little League Teams in the Palmetto State

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., (Jan. 24, 2005) – The Greenville (S.C.) County Recreation District Board of Commissioners announced recently they have voted to pursue affiliation with Little League.

A news release from the commissioners stated: “The change comes after months of deliberation on the benefits of transitioning Greenville County youth associations into a Little League program. … It is a positive situation for everyone involved.”

About 175 teams in several Greenville County leagues, previously unaffiliated with a national organization, will be Little League teams this season.

“I want to congratulate the Greenville County Recreation District on taking this step,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “This also is a tribute to the success of Little League’s new League Development Program, and to the hard work of South Carolina Little League District 1 Administrator Forest Thomas.”

South Carolina has seen steady growth in Little League over the last 15 years. Greenville County joins more than 40 local Little Leagues and about 720 teams currently in the Palmetto State. In 1990, South Carolina had only 279 Little League teams.

“We are pleased that the leagues in the Greenville County area will be joining the Little League family in 2005,” Mr. Keener said. “Playing Little League has been a cherished memory for millions of children around the world for more than 60 years. I know the families of Greenville County will benefit for many years to come as a result of their affiliation with Little League.”

Easley, South Carolina, is home to the annual Big League Baseball World Series, to be played July 30-Aug. 6. Big League Baseball is Little League’s division for players ages 16-18.