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President Bush Meets With Little League Baseball/Softball World Series Teams

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (September 5, 2002) – President George W. Bush met with two Little League teams today in two states, honoring both teams for their dedication.

In Louisville, Ky., the President was greeted, after he exited Air Force One, by the Valley Sports American Little League team that won the Little League Baseball World Series on Aug. 25 in Williamsport. He mentioned the team in his speech later in the day.

“I … met the Louisville Little League team,” President Bush said. “I did remind them, it’s just beginning for you. You’ve got a responsibility now that you’re champs, a responsibility to make the right choices in life.”

(A photo of the meeting is on the White House web site. Click here to view the photo.)

Later in the day, President Bush flew to South Bend, Ind., where he met the players of the East Side Little League, which finished fourth in the world in the Girls Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.

A story regarding the team’s visit, with photos, is at the South Bend Tribune web site. (Click here to view story and photos)

President Bush is a former Little Leaguer, too. He was a catcher for four years in the Central Little League of Midland, Texas, and is the first Little League graduate to become President of the United States. Last year, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush visited the Little League Baseball World Series, where the President was enshrined in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence.

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