Eight Jamborees will be held in six different states across the United States between April and July.
Little League® Baseball and Softball is excited to announce the official dates and locations of its eight Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees for 2018, held in six different states throughout the United States between April and July. Established in 2004, the Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree offers more than 1,000 boys and girls annually the opportunity to compete, make new friends, and forge lifelong memories.
“Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees are a great opportunity for boys and girls to compete together around the United States and enjoy the opportunity that a Little League Tournament experience,” said Demiko Ervin, Little League Director of the Urban Initiative Program. “Thanks to the dedicated support of our volunteers, these Jamborees help provide more than a thousand kids with a unique opportunity that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Established in 1999 to provide opportunities for communities in metropolitan areas to reap the benefits of having local Little League programs in their neighborhoods, the Little League Urban Initiative has helped tens of thousands of children and volunteers in cities throughout the United States. The Urban Initiative Jamborees are unique events to bring players from local programs that benefit from the support of the Urban Initiative together for a weekend of comradery and competition.
The Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree was first established in 2004 with one, national tournament. Little League expanded the Jamborees to regional events in 2010. At these Jamborees, teams compete in a weekend-long tournament, with the Championship Game typically being played on Sunday afternoon. Jamboree participants also have other opportunities to interact with fellow players and the community through events such as attending a Major League Baseball game.
There are currently more than 220 leagues in nearly 90 cities in the United States who benefit from the Little League Urban Initiative, and the program has stimulated the participation of 4,000 teams and approximately 52,000 players since its inception.
2018 Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree Dates and Locations
- April 20-22 – California Softball Jamboree – Richmond, Calif.
- April 27-29 – California Baseball Jamboree – San Diego, Calif.
- May 4-6 – Florida State Jamboree – Clearwater, Fla.
- May 18-20 – Georgia Jamboree – Decatur, Ga.
- May 18-20 – Texas State Baseball Jamboree – Houston, Texas
- June 8-10 – Texas State Softball Jamboree – Dallas, Texas
- June 8-10 – New York Metro Jamboree – Bronx, N.Y.
- June 29-July 1 – Central Region Jamboree – Indianapolis, Ind.