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Four Little Leaguers Earn Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship

Four Little Leaguers Earn Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship


Four Little Leaguers have been selected as the 2011 recipients of the Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship. As the recipient of the scholarship, they will receive round trip transportation and free tuition to the Little League Baseball Camp in South Williamsport, Pa.

All leagues in the Little League Urban Initiative program were invited to nominate up to three players for the scholarship. From that pool, the winners were chosen based upon the nominations. This is the second year for the scholarships, which are made possible by donations to the Urban Initiative program.

The scholarship winners are:

  • Donovan Bentley, Jr., 11 years old, Fairburn, Ga., South Fulton Little League
  • Reuben Jiminez, 14 years old, Albuquerque, N.M., Thunderbird Little League
  • Jordan McCoy, 10 years old, Lancaster, Pa., Lancaster Recreation Little League
  • DeAndre Smith, 12 years old, Portland, Ore., Peninsula Little League

 Each of the campers will attend camp during the week of July 31-Aug. 5.

Little League Baseball Camps are conducted each summer in two locations – South Williamsport (Pa.) and Hillsgrove, Pa.

South Williamsport is the only location that offers a day camp, in addition to five consecutive weeks of six-day, overnight camps. Campers train, play and are housed in the same facilities used by the 16 Little League teams who play in the Little League Baseball World Series each August.

The Hillsgrove location offers a rural setting surrounded by scenic mountains and is for children ages 9-12. Five sessions are offered at this location beginning the middle of July.

All aspects of the game, including hitting, pitching, fielding and base running, will be covered by the camp instructors and counselors. A typical day, for the overnight camps, begins at 7 a.m., and includes a full day of baseball and other activities, concluding at 10 p.m. The camp provides the latest training aids, pitching machines, and instructional techniques. All equipment is approved by Little League Baseball to provide maximum safety, permitting the finest instruction. Appealing, well-balanced meals are prepared by trained cafeteria personnel and a fully-stocked canteen offers necessities and souvenir items.

For more information on any of the camps, visit the Little League web site at: www.LittleLeague.org.

The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 200 leagues in nearly 85 cities in the United States. In its 12th season, the Little League Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 3,901 teams, approximately 51,000 players, and has participated in thirty field renovation/development projects.

For more information on Little League's Urban Initiative, contact Demiko Ervin at: dervin@LittleLeague.org; or (570) 326-1921. More information on the Little League Urban Initiative is also available on the Little League web site at: www.LittleLeague.org; or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueUrbanInitiative.