Ten Teams Bound for Williamsport and Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree
Nearly 150 children on teams from urban neighborhoods and communities, along with their coaches and families, will visit Little League International’s 66-acre complex on the side of Bald Eagle Mountain for a weekend of fun, baseball and friendship. Once there, the teams will stay and play at the site of the annual Little League Baseball World Series.
“The leagues that have been invited to the Urban Initiative Jamboree are participants in the overall Urban Initiative program and have volunteers that are committed to providing the positive benefits of Little League Baseball and Softball to the children of their communities,” David James, director of Little League’s Urban Initiative, said. “Along with the national recognition and attention these leagues will receive for playing in the Jamboree, we hope that this will help to provide much-needed local support and resources for each of their respective communities.”
Participating in the Jamboree will be Little League programs from the following cities: Gary, Ind. (Gary Midtown Little League); Newark, N.J. (St. Francis Xavier Little League); Tampa, Fla. (Northwest Little League); The Bronx, N.Y. (Parkchester Little League); Atlanta (Ben Hill Little League); Meriden, Conn. (Jack Barry Little League); Houston (Dixie Little League); Los Angeles (City of Angels Little League); Whiteriver, Ariz. (White Mountain Apache Little League); and Harrisburg, Pa. (Harrisburg American Little League). The specific regular season team from each league was chosen by that league’s board of directors.
The teams participating are: The Ben Hill Braves (Atlanta); The Meriden Elks (Meriden); Cubs (Houston); Cardinals (Tampa); Trojans (Los Angeles); Wildcats (The Bronx); Mets (Gary); HBG Senators (Harrisburg); Daily’s Catering (Newark); and a team from the White Mountain Apache Little League (Whiteriver).
Former Major Leaguer Dave Winfield, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2001, will attend the Jamboree’s opening ceremony on May 27. Mr. Winfield will address the participants, parents, and fans at 7:30 p.m. in Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of the annual Little League Baseball World Series. There is no admission charged for any of the Jamboree events.
“It’s a great thing to watch kids play and participate,” Mr. Winfield, vice president and senior advisor of the San Diego Padres, said. “I was pleased to learn that a worldwide organization like Little League is doing something about getting children of color to play baseball. I am pleased to get the opportunity to come to Williamsport, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Urban Initiative Jamboree.”
The Urban Initiative is a vigorous attempt to provide access to the Little League program to boys and girls within urban communities. The teams attending the Jamboree have reaped the benefits of Little League’s commitment to revitalize baseball in urban areas and now will have a chance to relish this renewal by playing on the fields where Little League Baseball’s champion is crowned each year.
The Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree will consist of games, instruction, and other events. Although scores will be kept in the games, no champion will be declared.
Little League International is paying the costs for transporting the ten teams, plus dozens of adult volunteers and parents. Housing for three nights, plus meals, will be provided for the teams in the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, where Little League Baseball World Series teams live for two weeks each August.
More information on the Little League Urban Initiative is available at: http://www.littleleague.org/programs/urban.asp
|The 2005 Urban Initiative Jamboree Teams|
|Jack Berry Little League||Meriden, Conn.||Elk Club||Team Profile|
|Northwest Little League||Tampa, Fla||Cardinals||Team Profile|
|Ben Hill Little League||Atlanta, Ga.||Ben Hill Braves||Team Profile|
|City Of Angels Little League||Los Angeles, Calif.||Trojans||Team Profile|
|Dixie Little League||Houston, Texas||Cubs||Team Profile|
|White Mountain Apache Little League||White River, Ariz.||White Mountain Apache||Team Profile|
|Gary Midtown Little League||Gary, Ind.||Mets||Team Profile|
|Parkchester Little League||New York, N.Y.||Wildcats||Team Profile|
|Harrisburg American Little League||Harrisburg, Pa.||Senators Fan Club||Team Profile|
|St. Francis Xavier Little League||Newark, N.J.||Daily’s Catering||Team Profile|