The World's Largest Organized Youth Sports Program Partners With The World's Most Iconic Building To Celebrate The 75th Anniver

 The World's Largest Organized Youth Sports Program Partners With The World's
   Most Iconic Building To Celebrate The 75th Anniversary Of Little League®

The Empire State Building will be lit in Red, White and Blue on Thursday June
5 to Commemorate 75 years of Developing Major League People

PR Newswire


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Former MLB All-Star and
New York Yankees centerfielder, Bernie Williams,  and Little Leaguers^® from
Harlem, New York, today lit the Empire State Building in red, white and blue
in a special ceremony to honor the 75^th Anniversary of Little League^®.
Joining Williams and the Little Leaguers was Stephen D. Kenner, Little League
President and CEO.

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Since its beginning 75 years ago, Little League has been a place where
communities unite, and on Friday, Little League, the world's largest youth
sports organization, will commemorate the 75^th Anniversary of the very first
Little League game, which was played in Williamsport on June 6, 1939.
Celebratory events around the world include the Australia Region Little League
Baseball Championship game to family-oriented, neighborhood celebrations to a
gathering at the birthplace of Little League in Williamsport, Pa., with league
staff and friends, local dignitaries, celebrities and local Little Leaguers.

Additionally, as part of the Williamsport celebration, guests will see the
premiere of "Little League: The History," an original documentary film created
by VIA Studios Global, a division of WVIA Public Media, airing on WVIA June 9
and on PBS stations around the nation starting in July (check local listings
for times). The film, narrated by legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully,
chronicles and celebrates Little League^'s 75-year contribution to American
culture and to the quality of life for millions around the world.

"We are so thrilled to be celebrating 75 amazing years of Little League with
events taking place in communities around the world," said Mr. Keener. "We
attribute our success to never straying from our founding mission and
continuing to evolve to meet the expectations of today's parents. Little
League looks forward to another 75 years of teaching life lessons from the

This year also marks major milestones in the history of Little League, with
the celebrations of the 40^th Anniversary of Little League Softball^®, 25^th
Anniversary of the Little League Challenger Division^® and 15^th Anniversary
of the Little League Urban Initiative; which was essential in the early
success of the Harlem Little League.

Little League will continue to host a number of initiatives throughout the
year that celebrate the fundamental values of the program – community, family,
friendly competition and relationships that last a lifetime. People can visit to see the Little League Big Legacy Project digital
mosaic (unveiled on Friday, June 6), learn about the history of the Little
League program, explore the interactive timeline with photos and videos
celebrating Little League, and get the most up to date information on events
and activities and how they can commemorate the organization's 75^th

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 75^th Anniversary of developing major league people. For more
information, visit, or follow the Little League on Facebook
( or Twitter ( Celebrate
Little League's 75^th Anniversary online at,
official hashtag: #LittleLeague75.

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire
State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most
Famous Office Building." With new investments in energy efficiency,
infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has
attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the
world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major
television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The
Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll
conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State
Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions as the
region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State
Building, please visit,,
@EmpireStateBldg,, or

June 5, 2014- New York, Ny - Former MLB All-Star and New York Yankees
centerfielder, Bernie Williams and Harlem Little Leaguers, celebrated the
world's largest organized youth sports program's 75th Anniversary at the
world's most iconic building. To commemorate the milestone, the Empire State
Building will be lit red, white and blue -the official colors of Little
League. Additional celebrations will be held at local leagues around the

Little League Celebrates 75th Anniversary. Pictured here is Little League
Founder Carl Stotz and the Lycoming Dairy team, Williamsport, PA, 1939.

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SOURCE Little League

Contact: Brian McClintock, Director of Media Relations, Little League,
570-326-1921 x2252,; Bridget Curry, Klein Curry
Communications, 917-861-5054,
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