Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Little League® and its National Partners, Honda and Easton, to Provide Support for Pitch In For Baseball in Honor of the Little League Big Legacy Project

In recognition of Little League’s 75th Anniversary, baseball and softball equipment will be provided to eight local Little League programs thanks to the Big Legacy Project donations

South Williamsport, Pa  – Today, Little League® announced that in addition to its initial support of $50,000 for Pitch In For Baseball, American Honda Motor Corp., the official vehicle manufacturer of Little League Baseball and Softball, is providing an additional grant of $50,000.  The total $100,000 donation, along with generous equipment donations from Easton Sports, the official team equipment supplier of Little League Baseball and Softball, will support seven Showcase Donations in commemoration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary Big Legacy Project.

Every child deserves the opportunity to have a Little League® experience. Character. Courage. Loyalty. Teamwork. Dedication. Fair Play. These are the morals that are instilled on Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® fields around the world. To ensure that future generations will have this Little League experience, the organization launched the Little League Big Legacy Project in January, 2014, to support Pitch In For Baseball, a non-profit organization that helps provide equipment to local baseball and softball programs in need around the globe.

“While Little League has had a wonderful time celebrating its history, this year really serves as a catalyst for the next 75 years,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to support future Little Leaguers dreams through our donation to Pitch In For Baseball, and that two of our wonderful partners have joined us with their support for such a worthy cause.”

The financial support through the Little League Big Legacy Project will give Pitch In For Baseball the opportunity to work with local Little League programs from around the world, providing much-needed equipment to teams and players. Pitch In For Baseball and Little League have identified seven projects to benefit directly from the Big Legacy Project donation. These leagues will be receiving deliveries of gear and equipment to give children in their communities the opportunity to have a meaningful Little League experience.

The local Little League programs that will immediately benefit from the Little League Big Legacy Project contribution are Northwest Little League in Charlotte, N.C.; Inner City Little League in Syracuse, N.Y.; Mile High American Little League in Albuquerque, N.M.; Washington Park Little League in Jersey City, N.J.; Wrigley Little League in Los Angeles, CA.; and Southside American/National Little League in Chicago, IL. Little League programs in the Philippines will also be receiving equipment from the Big Legacy Project.

The Little League Big Legacy Project collected memories from the millions of Little League parents, players, alumni, volunteers, and fans from around the world to create a digital mosaic. That mosaic was unveiled on June 6, the actual anniversary date of the first Little League game ever played. Little League celebrated those memories by supporting Pitch In For Baseball. Photos can be submitted to the Big Legacy Project through September by visiting LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.

“Honda has a long history in supporting kids and families in communities across the U.S. and is proud to support Little League Baseball and Pitch In For Baseball globally,” said Susie Rossick, senior manager, Honda Regional Marketing. “Honda’s corporate goals align nicely with Little League baseball in supporting teamwork, courage, character and loyalty both on and off the field.”

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, providing nearly $250,000 in baseball and softball equipment. For more information on Pitch In For Baseball, visit pifb.org.

“We could not be more grateful for the generous support from Little League, Honda, and Easton,” said David Rhode, Pitch In For Baseball Executive Director. “We are excited to continue to work together to support the baseball and softball dreams of Little Leaguers around the world.”

About Little League®
Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. In 2014, Little League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of developing major league people. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow the Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague) or Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague). Celebrate Little League’s 75thAnniversary online at LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com, official hashtag: #LittleLeague75.