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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2014 > January-April > Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Little League Big Legacy Project in Support of Pitch In For Baseball

Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Little League Big Legacy Project in Support of Pitch In For Baseball

Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Little League Big Legacy Project in Support of Pitch In For Baseball

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For more than 35 million people around the world, Little League® was their first introduction to baseball and softball. This year, 2.4 million boys and girls will come together on Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® fields in more than 80 countries for camaraderie and competition. To celebrate all these memories and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Little League, the world’s largest youth sports organization is embarking on the Little League Big Legacy Project to create a digital mosaic and showcase the favorite moments of Little League players, parents, volunteers, alumni and fans.

For every memory uploaded to the Little League Big Legacy Project, $1, up to $50,000, will be donated to Pitch In For Baseball, a non-profit organization that helps provide equipment to local baseball and softball programs in need. With the donation from the Little League Big Legacy Project, Pitch In For Baseball will be able to help tens of thousands of Little Leaguers all across the world.

“It’s difficult, at the same time fun, trying to single out a few of all the great memories that I have from my years as a Little League player and parent,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We hope that everyone shares their own moments with the Little League Big Legacy Project, while helping create new Little League memories for those children that Pitch In For Baseball help.”

People can share their Little League memories on LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com between now and June 5. The photo or text moment will then become part of a large digital mosaic that will be unveiled on June 6, 2014, the exact day that the first Little League game was played 75 years ago, in Williamsport, Pa. The innovative, digital mosaic allows people to upload files from their mobile devices, computer or Facebook. Once their photo is accepted, they can share their picture on Facebook and Twitter with the official hashtag for the Little League Big Legacy Project: #LittleLeagueBigLegacy.

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“Little League has provided countless memories for children, both on and off the field, over the past 75 years,” said David Rhode, Pitch In For Baseball Executive Director. “With the organization’s generous support through the Little League Big Legacy Project, Pitch In For Baseball will be able to help give that Little League experience to even more children throughout the world.”

Little League and Pitch In For Baseball have been partners since 2005. Since then, Pitch In For Baseball has led 117 projects to help local Little League programs in 30 states, including assisting six leagues in the Little League Urban Initiative program. In addition to their work in the United States, Pitch In For Baseball has supported 49 projects in 27 countries around the world, helping children in international communities enjoy a Little League experience. Some projects that Little League and Pitch In For Baseball have worked on together include assistance for leagues impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the donation of equipment to leagues developing in Africa and India, providing support for local communities impacted by natural disasters and many more. In 2013 alone, Pitch In For Baseball directly helped more than 12,000 Little Leaguers in 30 local Little League programs in New York and New Jersey impacted by Superstorm Sandy, donating nearly $250,000 in baseball and softball equipment. For more information on Pitch In For Baseball, visit pifb.org.

Little League will be sharing the story of how Pitch In For Baseball will be supporting local Little League programs from the funds raised through the Little League Big Legacy Project onLittleLeagueBigLegacy.com throughout the year.

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In 1939, Carl E. Stotz organized a baseball league for 30 area children. With the support of the community, and the excitement of a youth sporting opportunity, Little League continued to grow, eventually spreading around the world. Today, the heart of the organization remains the same with the goal of developing major league people in the 7,000 communities with local Little League programs. With the Little League Big Legacy Project, 75 years of moments will come together to celebrate Little League’s Diamond Anniversary, while giving thousands of children around the world the opportunity to create their own Little League memories.

Click here and submit your favorite Little League memories today!