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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2004 > Teams from Delaware and Pennsylvania to Square Off at White House

Teams from Delaware and Pennsylvania to Square Off at White House


President George W. Bush places the ball on the tee for a recent Tee Ball on the South Lawn game.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 1, 2004) – A Challenger Division team from Middletown-Odessa-Townsend (MOT) Little League will square off against a team from the Lancaster County (Pa.) Little Leagues in a Tee Ball game on July 11 on the South Lawn of the White House, it was announced today by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

In keeping with the tradition of Tee Ball on the South Lawn games, no score will be kept between the Phillies of MOT Little League and the Yankees of the Lancaster County Little Leagues. Every player on both teams will play on defense and bat once in the one-inning game, to be followed by a picnic on the South Lawn for players and families. A baseball autographed by President George W. Bush will be presented – by the president himself – to each player, manager, and coach. The time of the game will be announced a few days before the event.

The game is the 11th on the South Lawn of the White House since May 6, 2001, when President Bush began the initiative as a way to boost interest in baseball among children and parents. President Bush, the first former Little Leaguer to be elected to the nation’s highest office, played Little League Baseball at Central Little League in Midland, Texas, in the mid-1950s.

This will be the second game of 2004, and the fourth to feature teams from Little League’s Challenger Division for physically and mentally disabled children. Since it was founded in 1989, about 200,000 children have played in the Little League Challenger Division, with more than 25,000 playing today. The Phillies will be the first Delaware team to play a game on the South Lawn, and the Yankees will be the second team from the Keystone State to play at the White House.

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.

 

The Challenger Phillies of Middletown-Odessa-Townsend (Del.) Little League gather for a team photo after the official announcement that they would play a Tee Ball game on the South Lawn of the White House on July 11.

The Challenger Yankees of the Lancaster County (Pa.) Little Leagues gather for a team photo after the official announcement that they would play a Tee Ball game on the South Lawn of the White House on July 11.