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

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 15, 2005) – 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 26, teams from Newark, N.J., and Chicago will play in the 12th Tee Ball on the South Lawn game since President Bush began the initiative in 2001, and the first game of 2005. The teams are the Jackie Robinson South Ward Little League Black Yankees of Newark, N.J., and the South Side Little League Memphis Red Sox. The team names used by both leagues are in honor of those used in the Negro Leagues, which flourished in the early 20th century when black players were “unofficially” banned from playing in the Major Leagues.

Little League’s sponsors helping to support the 2005 Tee Ball on the South Lawn games are: Ace Hardware, AIG Companies, Masterfoods, Inc. (Snickers Brand), Musco Sports Lighting, and New Era Cap Company.

“We are grateful to these sponsors, our friends, 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 these wonderful events.”

Some of the costs associated with the Tee Ball on the South Lawn games include food for a post-game picnic, rental of bleachers, banners, fencing, and personnel costs. Little League reimburses the U.S. Government for its costs.

No schedule has been announced for other games this year.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest youth sports organization, with more than 2.7 million children participating in every U.S. state and dozens of other countries on six continents. Little League is the only youth sports organization to be chartered by the U.S. Congress.

More information on the June 26 Tee Ball on the South Lawn game can be found here .