D.C. Little Leagues to Benefit from Comcast Partnership
As Official Partner of the Washington D.C. Urban Initiative, Comcast - along with Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Foundation - is dedicating resources to redesign and renovate fields, promote additional youth and adult participation and bring more visibility to existing Little League programs.
Comcast SportsNet produced, and is currently airing, a public service announcement encouraging participation by Washington parents and youth. Additionally, The Comcast Foundation has provided a grant to help refurbish Little League fields in the district, as part of a continuing effort by the D.C. Parks and Recreation Department, to ensure that the leagues have top quality fields on which to play.
“On behalf of the children who will benefit directly from this partnership, I want to thank Comcast and the City of Washington, D.C.,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “Little League instills teamwork, discipline, respect for each other, and a wholesome competitive spirit. But it also brings families and communities closer together, and that is our aim with the Urban Initiative.” The Little League Urban Initiative seeks to bring the joy of friendly athletic competition and the benefits of role-model mentoring to children and adults in urban environments, offering alternatives to negative influences such as drugs and gangs.
“Comcast is pleased to be able to use our resources to help Little League Baseball bring the Urban Initiative to Washington D.C. and bring more visibility to their program,” said Donna Rattley Washington, Vice President and General Manager Comcast of the District of Columbia. “This partnership will enable even more boys and girls to benefit from the opportunities that Little League Baseball provides.” Added Sam Schroeder, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet, “Participating in youth athletics such as Little League Baseball is not only competition, but also an opportunity for boys and girls to develop life skills such as teamwork and discipline. In addition to producing and airing this PSA, Comcast SportsNet is committed to working with Little League Baseball in any way we can help it continue to have an impact on the lives of the boys and girls who participate.” Initial renovations have already begun at the Fort Stanton Recreation Center on Erie Street, which is the home of Ward 8 National Little League. The upgrade includes all new fencing, backstop, re-grading of the field, clay, sod, dugouts, scoreboard, bleachers and bases. Other urban Little League programs in the district that are designated for support include Inner City Little League (Kennedy Field, Seventh Street and O); Senators Little League (Edgewood Fields, Third Street and Everts); Satchel Paige Little League (Rudolph Field, Third Street and Hamilton, NW); and Ward 7-6th Little League (Benning Park Complex, 53rd Street and Fitch).
For information on how to sign your child up to participate, or how you can become involved as a volunteer, call 202/452-5980 or visit www.littleleague.org.
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Little League Baseball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.8 million boys and girls ages 5-18 participating in every U.S. state and 103 other countries.