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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2010 > January - April > Memphis Little League Accepts Funds Pledged for Development of Field Facility

Memphis Little League Accepts Funds Pledged for Development of Field Facility

Memphis Little League Accepts Funds Pledged for Development of Field Facility

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Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, recently traveled to Memphis, Tenn., where he presented Memphis Little League with a $20,000 pledge on behalf of American Honda Motor Company.

During the Memphis Little League’s Grand Slam Breakfast, Mr. Ervin was joined by Mike Frick, President of the Memphis branch of Bank of America, who pledged an additional $30,000 for a total of $50,000 for the league’s field development project.

“The league’s board of directors was very appreciative,” Mr. Ervin said. “I think the continued growth and exposure of Memphis Little League will, without a doubt help, to increase the overall Little League presence in the Memphis area.”

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 development and renovation, access to Little League Baseball and Softball education and training programs, advocacy, and networking.

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 nearly 4,000 teams, which equates to more than 52,000 players, and has participated in 28 field renovation/development projects.

The Little League Urban Initiative has recently renovated fields used by Little League programs in, Portland, Ore.; Stockton, Calif.; and the Bronx, N.Y. Through grants made available to the Little League Urban Initiative, the program plans to renovate or develop more Little League fields in 2010.

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Demiko Ervin, Director  of the Little League Urban Initiative, left, recently traveled Memphis, Tenn., to present a pledge of $20,000 from American Honda Company to Memphis Little League for the development of new fields for the league. Accepting the pledge on behalf of Memphis Little League was Kerry Cobb, League President. Mike Frick, President of the Bank of America’s Memphis Branch, also was on hand to present a pledge of an additional $30,000. The total pledged for Memphis Little League’s field development project is $50,000.