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Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree Comes to Tampa, Florida

Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree Comes to Tampa, Florida

Urban Initiative

Urban Initiative

Little League Baseball and Softball will hold its Urban Initiative Florida State Jamboree at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Tampa, Fla., from May 2-5.


One of nine Urban Initiative Jamborees being held throughout the United States this spring, participants in the Florida State Jamboree will take part in a weekend of games and other special events at no cost to their local league. Baseball Factory, the Official Player Development Partner of Little League, will lead an instructional clinic for the attending Little Leaguers, as well.

“We are excited to host the Little League Urban Initiative Florida State Jamboree at Progress Village Little League,” Anthony Pittman, President of the Progress Village Little League, said. “These are great events to get kids excited about baseball and softball and showcase the great work the Urban Initiative does to help leagues like ours be successful.”

At the end of the weekend, all the participants will leave with a lifetime of memories, and one team will own the championship banner. The Jamboree Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. with special guest Tony the Tiger. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® is the Official Breakfast Food of Little League, and a proud sponsor of the Little League Urban Initiative. 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.

“Participating in Little League can change a person’s life and teach them the values of teamwork and leadership,” Frederick Lorentsen Sr., Little League International Advisory Board Member and Co-Director of the Florida State Urban Initiative Jamboree, said. “These Jamborees give children a taste of what it’s like to play in a tournament atmosphere like the Little League World Series. It’s an experience that every child should have, and thanks to the Urban Initiative, many who may never have that chance, get one.”

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

Belmont Heights Little League—Tampa, Fla.

Yellow Jackets Little League—Tampa, Fla.

North Seminole Little League—Tampa, Fla.

North Miami Little League—Miami, Fla.

Progress Village Little League—Tampa, Fla.

West Tampa Little League—Tampa, Fla.

LaBelle Little League—LaBelle, Fla.

Northwest Little League—Tampa, Fla.