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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > May - August > Youth Sports Live to Provide Free Video Webcast Coverage of 2009 Urban Initiative Jamboree Games From Little League International

Youth Sports Live to Provide Free Video Webcast Coverage of 2009 Urban Initiative Jamboree Games From Little League International

Youth Sports Live to Provide Free Video Webcast Coverage of 2009 Urban Initiative Jamboree Games From Little League International

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With its slogan “The next best thing to being there,” Internet webcasting company Youth Sports Live Broadcasting Network, has agreed to provide on-line video coverage of the sixth annual Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree from Little League International in Williamsport, Pa.

“Having the Urban Initiative Jamboree games available for free viewing on the Internet is a wonderful way for current Urban Initiative leagues to see what the Jamboree has to offer, while allowing the families and friends who do not make the trip to Williamsport, to also enjoy the experience,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Putting the games on the Internet gives us an avenue to show what is possible for similar neighborhoods not currently involved with the Urban Initiative. Part of the purpose for hosting the Jamboree is to create networking opportunities for communities which do not currently have a Little League program.”

The 2009 Jamboree is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, with several games played at Howard J. Lamade and Little League Volunteer Stadiums, sites of the annual World Series games; along with Carl Stotz Memorial Field, near the site of the first Little League games in 1939, and home to Original League. The Junior Division teams will play on the two standard-size fields at the Little League International complex.

Youth Sports Live is expected to make the free web-based broadcasts from Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums available for viewing via the internet, at: www.YouthSportsLive.com. All games are to be shown live on Saturday and Sunday. All game times are Eastern U.S. time.

“Youth Sports Live has done several similar webcast presentations for local leagues in recent years,” Greg Centracchio, Co-Founder of Youth Sports Live, said. “This goodwill gesture is an opportunity for our company to showcase its ability to bring Little League games to families and friends over the Internet, while also providing Little League International with the opportunity to highlight the experiences of this year’s Urban Initiative Jamboree to the cities participating this year.”

Participating in the Jamboree will be Little League programs from the following cities: Dayton, Ohio (First Dayton Little League); Lancaster, Pa. (Lancaster Parks and Recreation Little League); Memphis Little League (Memphis Little League); Seattle (Seattle Central Little League); Houston (South Central Little League); Fairburn, Ga. (South Fulton Little League). The Junior Division teams participating are from Syracuse, N.Y., (Inner City Little League); Jersey City, N.J. (Jackie Robinson Little League); Tampa (Skyway Park Little League); and Detroit (THINK Detroit PAL Northwest Little League). One volunteer umpire from each league also will participate.

The Little League Urban Initiative has seen success in 85 U.S. cities since it began in 2000, and has participated in 28 field renovation/development projects. Currently, more than 200 local Little Leagues in the U.S. are part of the Urban Initiative. Through 2008, the program has stimulated the addition of nearly 3,900 teams and 50,000 players.

Youth Sports Live Broadcasting Network
Founded by two former college teammates, Youth Sports Live delivers live stream broadcasts. video-on-demand replays and DVDs of youth sports games via robust Web-based services. The mission of Youth Sports Live is to put each child playing youth sports in the spotlight; bring families who live far apart closer together; create the ability to hold onto sports memories forever; enable busy parents to see their children play live or via replay when they can't be at the game, and help players and coaches learn and teach better through a unique video production system.  

For more information on Youth Sports Live, log on www.YouthSportsLive.com; or call 866-615-8499. Little League’s website is: www.LittleLeague.org.