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President Bush Invites Maryland,Virginia Little League Girls Tee Ball Teams to White House for Softball Game

CUMBERLAND, Md. (June 15, 2007) – A Tee Ball team from Allegany County Little League in Cumberland, Md., will square off against a team from Luray, Va., in the first “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” girls softball game on June 27, it was announced today by the White House Press Office.

In keeping with the tradition of Tee Ball on the South Lawn games, no score will be kept between the Allegany Little League team, which is sponsored by Around the Back Chiropractic, and the Luray Caverns Red Wings of Luray Little League. Each girl 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. Game time is to be announced.

The game is the 16th 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 youth sports 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. He was on the Cubs, and was a catcher. In 2001, President Bush was enshrined in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence when he visited the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

This will be the first game of the 2007 Tee Ball on the South Lawn season, and the first to feature girls softball teams. Little League’s girls softball divisions, which begin at age 5 and go up to age 18, boast more than 360,000 players worldwide.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest youth sports organization, with nearly 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.