“Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” Patches
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 24, 2003) – In light of U.S. military deployments, Little League Baseball is offering its remaining inventory of “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” patches (U.S. version) to those chartered Little League programs in which a significant segment of the members of the league are military dependents or military service members.
The patches will be free for more than 35 Little League programs on military bases in the U.S., and throughout the world.
“Little League is honored to make this small gesture of respect for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel who are making sacrifices on our behalf, as well as the families of service members,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “Little League is proud of the thousands of men and women of the U.S. military and its allies, whose bravery and professionalism are evident in times of peace and war. We hope and pray they will return soon.”
Last year, Little League created the special commemorative patch, to be worn just above the standard Little League patch on the left sleeve by Little Leaguers worldwide. Leagues had the option of purchasing a patch that includes the U.S. flag, or a globe. More than 400,000 of the patches were sold in 2002 (at Little League’s cost, 25 cents each), but more than 40,000 of the U.S. versions remain in Little League’s inventory.
This offer is available only through Little League volunteer District Administrators, who must use the order form they will be receiving by mail within a few days. The District Administrator will then order the patches on behalf of the appropriate chartered Little League(s) within the district. The patches will be given away until the supply is exhausted.
In addition, Little League Baseball will pay the shipping costs to send the patches to the District Administrators placing the orders.
Note: The standard Little League patch, which is required, must be ordered separately.
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.