Williamsport, Pa.: SportsCenter “TitleTown USA” Finalist
Williamsport, Pa., home of the Little League World Series, is one of 20 sports communities throughout the country to be named a SportsCenter “TitleTown USA” finalist.
SportsCenter will debut a profile of Williamsport on Saturday, July 19, at 6 p.m. ET, with re-airs on subsequent live editions of the show at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., respectively. The segment, with reporter Rachel Nichols, will be taped in Williamsport on Tuesday, July 15.
Additionally, ESPN Classic will air a tribute to Williamsport as a “TitleTown USA” finalist, highlighting the 1989 Little League World Series Championship – Chinese Taipei vs. Trumbull, Conn. – July 19 at 2 p.m., and the 2007 Little League World Series Championship – Tokyo vs. Warner Robins, Ga. – at 4 p.m.
SportsCenter “TitleTown USA” segments showcase the accomplishments, the teams and athletes who have contributed to each community’s success in sports, and draw the unique relationship between the sports teams and their hometown fans. Williamsport is unique as it is the destination in which Little Leaguers throughout the world compete for a championship and the event is the result of the hard work of many community representatives, including volunteers.
“TitleTown USA” is a town or city that shares a unique affinity with its title-winning professional, college or amateur sports teams. It is a nationwide and fan-based interactive search to determine which town or city in the country will be declared by fans as “TitleTown USA.”
Each nominee will be profiled on SportsCenter from through July 23. At the conclusion of the daily profiles, fans will select the winning community via online voting Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26. The winner – “TitleTown USA” – will be announced on SportsCenter Sunday, July 27, at 11 p.m.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (above) visited Williamsport to film the segment for Williamsport’s nomination as one of America’s best “TitleTowns.” ESPN SportsCenter has been traveling the United States highlighting several notable locations with diverse sports histories. “TitleTown, USA,” will be decided by the votes of fans visiting the ESPN website at ESPN.com. Special guests during the segment were Richard Hilton, (center in below photo) manager of the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series champions, and David Gernatt, who scored the winning run in Marietta (Ga.) Little League’s championship game victory over Liquito Hernandez Little League from the Dominican Republic. This year is the 25th anniversary of that championship season. Joining Ms. Nichols were several Little Leaguers from throughout Pennsylvania District 12.