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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > Little League® Urban Initiative Jamboree Comes to Marietta, Georgia

Little League® Urban Initiative Jamboree Comes to Marietta, Georgia

Little League® Urban Initiative Jamboree Comes to Marietta, Georgia

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Little League® Baseball and Softball will hold its Georgia Urban Initiative Jamboree at the Milford Little League in Marietta, Ga., from May 24-26.

One of nine Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees being held throughout the United States this spring, participants in the Georgia State Jamboree will take part in a weekend of games and other special events at no cost to their local league. The Atlanta Braves’ Braves Around Town team and mascot, Chopper, will be at the Milford Little League on Saturday, May 25, to entertain players and fans with games and giveaways. Saturday promises to have a hometown, Southern, touch with a barbecue after all the games are played.

“We are thrilled that we can bring all these players together at Milford Little League,” said Linda North, Georgia District 4 Administrator and Member of the Little League International Board of Directors. “The Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree provides these children a venue where they can play in a World Series atmosphere. It’s an experience that every Little Leaguer® would like to have, and we’re happy that we can provide that opportunity to these children.”

Games at Georgia’s Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, and play resumes at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 25. At the end of the weekend, all the participants will leave with a lifetime of memories, and one team will win the championship banner. The championship game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Learn more about this year’s Urban Initiative Jamborees.

Established in 1999, the Little League Urban Initiative provides financial and educational assistance to local leagues in order to give all children, even those in disadvantaged neighborhoods, a chance to play baseball and softball. The Little League Urban Initiative has helped establish more than 300 leagues where there are more than 52,000 kids playing on upwards of 4,000 teams within urban environments.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend of baseball and giving these players a chance to compete with their peers from across the state,” said Ucal Palmer, Georgia Urban Initiative Program Director. “There’s nothing better than baseball on Memorial Day weekend, and we’re happy that we can give these children the opportunity to play in a tournament atmosphere.”

The following leagues will participate in the Georgia Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree:

Belvedere Little League—Decatur, Ga.

Chattahoochee County Little League—Cusseta, Ga.

Exchange Park Little League—Decatur, Ga.

Macon Little League—Macon, Ga.

Midway Heights Little League— Decatur, Ga.

Milford Little League—Marietta, Ga.

SALLY Little League—Columbus, Ga.

Ocmulgee Little League—Macon, Ga.

South Fulton Little League—Fairburn, Ga.