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White Sox, Cubs, Major League Baseball Contribute To Little League Team’s Journey to the White House

CHICAGO (June 15, 2005) – Thanks to some timely support from the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball, a team from South Side Little League will have their transportation needs met for their June 24-26 trip to the White House, where the will play a Tee Ball game in front of President George W. Bush and approximately 400 guests.

The South Side Little League Memphis Red Sox face the Jackie Robinson South Ward Little League Black Yankees from Newark, N.J., on the afternoon of June 26. The one-inning game is the 12th Tee Ball game on the South Lawn since President Bush began the initiative in 2001 as a way to reinvigorate interest in baseball among young families.

“Little League International expresses its gratitude to the White Sox, Cubs and Major League Baseball for supporting this once-in-a-lifetime experience for the South Side Little Leaguers,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said.

The South Side Little League team, local league officials, family members and guests will travel in two buses on June 25 from Chicago to Williamsport, Pa., home of the Little League Baseball World Series. The group will stay in dorms on the Little League International Complex the nights of June 25 and 26, then travel back to Chicago by bus on June 27. Little League International is providing lodging and meals for the team. The Newark team will make the round trip from Newark to Washington on June 26.

Transportation costs are being handled by the South Side Little League, with the assistance provided by the White Sox, Cubs and Major League Baseball.

The game will highlight the Helping America’s Youth initiative, launched by President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush earlier this year, and the Little League Urban Initiative. Both leagues are among more than 140 nationally that are part of the Little League Urban Initiative, which seeks to bring the benefits of a community-based program to urban areas.

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