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Little League Urban Initiative Creates Little League Baseball Camp Scholarship

Little League Urban Initiative Creates Little League Baseball Camp Scholarship

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For more than 10 years, the Little League Urban Initiative has created opportunities for children in urban and metropolitan neighborhoods throughout the United States to play Little League in their communities.

This summer, children from leagues chartered through the Urban Initiative, will have the chance to tell Little League International what playing Little League means to them and their reward may be a trip to Williamsport for a week of instruction at Little League Baseball Camp.

“Since the Urban Initiative program was created, its primary goal has been to make the benefits of participating in Little League available to children in places where green space and playing opportunities were limited,” Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, said. “We, as an organization, have seen the impact that the Little League program has had on urban neighborhoods throughout the United States, and this scholarship now gives us the means to provide a wonderful experience to the players who are benefiting from their participation in Little League.”

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This summer, the Little League Urban Initiative is providing a scholarship opportunity to children wishing to attend Little League Baseball Camp at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa., home of the Little League Baseball World Series. Each Little League that is chartered through the Little League Urban Initiative is eligible to submit up to three nominees. A scholarship recipient will be selected and represent each of Little League’s five regions in the United States. The nominees will be asked to write a 300-word essay answering the questions: What does playing Little League mean  to me? The deadline for Little League Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship nominations is May 31, 2010.

Five scholarship winners, representing each of the five regions in the United States, will be selected and receive a trip to the home of the Little League Baseball World Series, along with full room and board for the week-long summer camp (Aug. 1-6).

Only players in leagues chartered through the Little League Urban Initiative are eligible. Each league may nominate up to three players (league-ages 10-14 only), and each nominated player must submit an essay of 300 words or less, describing what playing Little League means to them.

A scholarship entry form is available here: Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship Form

All Entrees are to be mailed to:
Little League International
C/O: Demiko Ervin
Director, Little League Urban Initiative
539 Montgomery Pike
South Williamsport, Pa., 17702

The deadline for Little League Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship nominations is May 31, 2010.

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 2009 Little League season, the Little League Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 3,901 teams, which equates to approximately 51,000 players, and has participated in nearly 30 field renovation/development projects.

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

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