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Little League Urban Initiative Participates In Field Dedication at Rosemoor Little League in Chicago

Little League Urban Initiative Participates In Field Dedication at Rosemoor Little League in Chicago

Roosemoor Little League Rosemoor Little League dedicated its new field recently. Attending the dedication ceremony were, from left to right, Mike Legge, Little League Central Region Director; Thomas Jones, Rosemoor Little League President; Julie Chavez representing Bank of America, Maurice Walker representing Chicago Alderman Michelle Harris; and John Mosier of Landmark Construction Solutions.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Little League Urban Initiative, Bank of America and Chicago Park District have collaborated on a field revitalization project for the Rosemoor Little League in Chicago.

“Little League is pleased to complete this field renovation, and is proud of the impact it will have on the community which Rosemoor Little League serves in Chicago,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Rosemoor is a deserving recipient of this latest project. It has done an outstanding job at providing a quality Little League program for the children and adults of this community.”A dedication ceremony was held recently at the field site to unveil the improvements that include a new infield and backstop, foul line fencing and renovations to the dugout area.

Among those attending the ceremony were Little League Central Region Director, Mike Legge; Maurice Walker representing City of Chicago Alderman Michelle Harris; Julie Chavez of Bank of America; and Landmark Construction Solutions President, Jon Mosier.

“To us as coaches and volunteers, the renovation is more than a grass infield, a fence and a scoreboard,” Thomas Jones, President of Rosemoor Little League, said. “We believe that the activity level of our Little League is a barometer that reflects the health and spirit of the community. The Little League Urban Initiative is a great program that helps to lift the spirit and morale of volunteers working with inner city youths. From talking with other leagues that are part of the Urban Initiative, it is apparent to me that Little League and partner corporations like Bank of America are having a a major impact on urban life.”

The costs of renovations and improvements to the Rosemoor Little League field totaled $100,000. A portion of the Little League Urban Initiative’s contribution was made possible by the donation provided through Bank of America’s “Keep the Change” program.

The Little League Urban Initiative provides assistance packages for eligible leagues that aid the local volunteer group with equipment acquisition, capital improvement cash grants, field improvement and renovation, access to Little League Baseball and Softball education and training programs, advocacy, and networking.

• A component of Little League Baseball and Softball, the Little League Urban Initiative began in 1999 with programs in Los Angeles, and Harlem, N.Y., and expanded to other cities in 2000.
• The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 200 leagues in nearly 85 cities in the United States.
• Through the 2007 Little League season, the Little League Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 2,779 teams, which equals out to approximately 43,000 players, and has participated in 21 field renovation/development projects.

On Memorial Day weekend 2008, through the support of Major League Baseball, Little League International hosted the fifth annual Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree. Major League Baseball affords 14 Urban Initiative leagues the opportunity to send 10 Major Division Little League baseball teams and four Junior League baseball teams to Williamsport, Pa., site of the annual Little League Baseball World Series, to experience the thrill of a weekend of friendly games, instruction and education.

Rosemoor Little League, located in Illinois District 4, participated in the 2006 Urban Initiative Jamboree. In 2008, Field No. 3 at Gately Park will be home to 12 Little League teams in Tee Ball through Major Baseball divisions. The Rosemoor Little League has approximately 180 players participating this year, which is an increase from nearly 150 players last season.

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