Four Little Leaguers Earn Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship
Four Little Leaguers have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the Urban Initiative Baseball Camp Scholarship. As a recipient of the scholarship, each 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 third year for the scholarships, which are made possible by donations to the Urban Initiative program.
“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.”
The scholarship winners are:
- DaVarwin Davis, 12 years old, Dallas, Texas, West Dallas Little League
- Gabriel Garcia, 11 years old, Memphis, Tenn., Memphis Little League
- Mareo Hunter, 12 years old, Milwaukee, Wis., James Beckum Little League
- Keilan Walker, 12 years old, Sacramento, Calif., Airport Little League
Each of the campers will attend the baseball camp during the week of July 29-Aug. 3.
South Williamsport 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.
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.
Little League Baseball and Softball has conducted summer youth baseball camps at the Little League International complex for more than 50 years.
For more information on the camps, visit the Little League web site at: www.LittleLeague.org.
The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 220 leagues in nearly 90 cities in the United States. In its 13th season, the Little League Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 4,000 teams, approximately 52,000 players, and has participated in more than thirty field renovation/development projects.
For more information on Little League’s Urban Initiative, contact Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, 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.