This past weekend Majors Division players from Woonsocket Little League competed in the Little League Urban Initiative Massachusetts Jamboree in Worcester.
According to Little League International, the Urban Initiative builds civic pride and social awareness through the sports of baseball and softball. Its main goal is to bring the benefits of Little League to boys and girls in urban neighborhoods and to help community leaders demonstrate the positive influences of citizenship, friendship, teamwork, and physical well-being. The Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree events welcome regular-season Little League teams from urban communities and neighborhoods to participate in a weekend of fun games, instruction, and other special events, at no cost to their local league. At the end of the weekend, all of the Jamboree participants go home with memories that will last them a lifetime, with one team being crowned as the Jamboree champion.
Little League International also shares that the Urban Initiative began in 1999 with programs in Los Angeles and Harlem, N.Y. and expanded to other cities in 2000. The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 200 leagues in nearly 85 cities in the United States. Through the 2014 Little League season, the Little League Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 4,000 teams, which equals out to approximately 52,000 players, and has participated in nearly thirty field renovation/development projects.