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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The RoberT Plan support Little League Urban Initiative

August 25, 2000

Williamsport, Pa. -- Little League Baseball, Incorporated announced Friday, Aug. 25, contributions of $1 million from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and $360,000 from The RoberT Plan Corporation to benefit "A World of Opportunity – Little League Baseball Capital Campaign for the Future."

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation contribution is a two-for-one challenge grant, providing up to $1 million if Little League raises an additional $2 million. The money will help Little League grow the physical and administrative resources necessary to build fields and support Little League programs in urban areas throughout the United States. The first two cities to benefit from the contribution will be Chicago and Houston. Little League will designate additional cities for programs as the urban initiative’s infrastructure grows.

"Little League is extremely grateful for the generous support of its urban initiative, which will lead directly to five urban programs beginning in Chicago and Houston, and enable Little League to expand the urban initiative even further," said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball Inc. "Through this significant support, it’s our intention to make the benefits of the Little League Program available to as many children in urban areas as possible."

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was established in 1944 by hotel entrepreneur Conrad N. Hilton and received the bulk of its resources upon Mr. Hilton’s death in 1979. The foundation’s approach to grant-making is to first identify critical societal needs, then proactively initiate major, long-term projects with appropriate partner organizations to implement them. As called for in Mr. Hilton’s will, the Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the world's most disadvantaged people, with a special emphasis on children. Current major initiatives include blindness, early childhood development, domestic violence, substance abuse, water, and homeless mentally ill, among others.

The RoberT Plan Corporation, under the direction of chairman and CEO Bob Wallach, is a major supporter of many local and national causes, charities and organizations. Among them are The Diabetes Institutes Foundation, The Children's Health Fund, Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc., The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The New York City Police Foundation, The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The March of Dimes and Harlem Little League.

"A World of Opportunity – Little League Baseball Capital Campaign for the Future" is the first capital campaign in Little League’s history. Announced at the 53rd Little League World Series in 1999, it seeks to raise $20 million to foster the growth of baseball and softball leagues in urban areas; increase educational programs for players and volunteers (such as tobacco, drug and alcohol education, and prevention of child abuse); improve communications at all levels of Little League through technology; and expand Little League’s worldwide capabilities in the United States and elsewhere.

To date, the campaign has raised $15 million.

For more information contact: 
Lance Van Auken, Director of Media Relations and Communications
Little League Baseball International Headquarters 
(570) 326-1921 
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