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Final Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game of the Bush Administration To Feature Players from All Branches of U.S. Military

Final Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game of the Bush Administration To Feature Players from All Branches of U.S. Military

George Bush

The 20th and last Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game of President George W. Bush’s administration will be played Sept. 7, and will honor families in the armed services.

This final game will welcome 26 Tee Ball players who have a parent currently serving on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.

President Bush began this initiative as a way to boost interest in youth sports among children and parents. Little League’s Tee Ball division is for players who are ages 4-8, with about 800,000 participants in the U.S.

For the past seven years, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have invited Little League Tee Ball teams to the White House for games on the South Lawn. President Bush, the first U.S. President to have played Little League, uses the games as a way to highlight the fun and camaraderie that children and their families can have by participating in the sports of baseball and softball.

In keeping with the tradition of Tee Ball on the South Lawn games, no score will be kept as the players are divided into the two teams that will play in the one-inning game. Every player on the two teams will play on defense and bat once, followed by a picnic on the South Lawn for players and their families. A baseball autographed by President George W. Bush will be presented – by the President himself – to each player. Start time for the afternoon game is yet to be announced.

The armed services have played an active role in several previous Tee Ball on the South Lawn games.  Three games have featured children of families playing in Little League programs located on or near U.S. Military installations, but this is the first involving all five branches.

Here is a list of the players that will be participating:

Player Age Hometown
Rebecca Johnson 7 Bergen, N.Y
Cale Reinfurt 7 Falls Church, Va.
Caden Schlink 6 Casa Grande, Ariz.
Francisco Morales-Correa 6 West Point, N.Y.
Marcy Jumper 7 Fairfax, Va.
Player Age Hometown
Nathan Chando 6 Hudsonville, Mich.
Madison Horn 7 Virginia Beach, Va.
Patrick Read 5 Annandale, Va.
Andrew Lilley 6 Virginia Beach, Va.
James Becker 6 Virginia Beach, Va.
Maxwell Ward 7 Temecula, Calif.
Air Force
Player Age Hometown
Steven Beruvides 6 Bossier City, La.
Eric Anderson 7 Navarre, Fla.
Adam Plante 6 Burke, Va.
Christopher Lockert 6 Centreville, Va.
Kasen Warrick 6 McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
Player Age Hometown
Alexander Wittkoff 5 Woodbridge, Va.
Matthew Bonacci 8 Havelock, N.C.
Spencer Turkal 7 New Bern, N.C.
Ashton Martinez 7 Maysville, N.C.
Ryan Roberts 7 Tarawa Terrace, N.C.
Coast Guard
Player Age Hometown
Kassie Frank 5 Gaithersburg, Md.
Benjamin Martinez 5 Hudson, Ohio
Mason Davis 5 Fredericksburg, Va.
Wade Crawley 5 Annandale, Va.
Bridget Donahue 8 Westborough, Mass.

The first Tee Ball on the South Lawn game of 2008 was played on June 30, between the José M. Rodriguez Little League Angels of Manati, Puerto Rico, and the Cramer Hill Little League Red Sox of Camden, N.J., as the White House celebrated the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the sport of baseball.

The second Tee Ball game of the year was the first “All-Star” game and first doubleheader, as 51 players from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, came together to form four teams and played two games on July 16.

President Bush 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.
The Tee Ball on the South Lawn games are made possible through the generosity of these sponsors: Wilson Sporting Goods, New Era Caps, Russell Athletic, Musco Sports Lighting, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ChoicePoint, AIG Insurance, and Subway.

A highlight video from some of the Tee Ball on the South Lawn games of the past seven years can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/DugoutTheMascot