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Urban Initiative Leagues in Stockton, Calif., Accept Donation to Softball Programs

Urban Initiative Leagues in Stockton, Calif., Accept Donation to Softball Programs


Little League Softball teams in Stockton, Calif., recently welcomed the donation of several softball bats from Rip-It Sporting Goods.

Stockton Eastern Little League and Stockton Northern Little League will use the equipment during the 2010 regular season. Of the 13 leagues in California District 8, four leagues participate in Little League’s Urban Initiative program and two of the four, Northern and Eastern, offer full softball programs. Southern Little League, also a participant in the Urban Initiative Program, engages in combined play in softball with Eastern Little League.

“The players were thrilled to receive such a generous donation of equipment to their softball programs and are looking forward to breaking them in when their season starts,” Dee Dee Martinez, California District 8 Administrator, said. “Although both Eastern and Northern Little Leagues have faced significant financial hurdles, both leagues are committed to providing full baseball and softball programs to the children and youth in their communities. I can definitely say the girls were grinning from ear-to-ear when they saw the bats. The donation of these bats will certainly help ease the strain on Eastern’s and Northern’s equipment budgets.”

The donation to California District 8 included 36 “Michele Smith” softball bats in various lengths to accommodate the various levels of softball play. Both Eastern and Northern Little Leagues offer softball from Tee Ball through Senior Division.

On Saturday, March 20, 2010, representatives from Northern and Eastern Little Leagues and California District 8 met at the softball diamond constructed for Eastern Little League through the Little League Urban Initiative for the presentation of the equipment to the leagues.

Stockton Eastern Little League President, Mary Aguilar, and Stockton Northern Little League President, Arturo Tong, accompanied by board members and softball players from both leagues accepted the donation of bats on behalf of their leagues.