LIVERMORE, Calif., June21, 2014 — The California District 57 Little League, host of the 2014 Little League Intermediate World Series, announced today that the San Francisco Giants renewed its commitment for the up-coming 2014 Little League Intermediate World Series, which kicks off July 29th with the Championship game on August 4th, 2014 at Max Baer Park in Livermore, CA
“The Giants are committed to promoting youth sports and baseball in our community,” said Staci Slaughter, Giants senior vice president of communications. “Our partnership with the 2014 Little League Intermediate World Series allows us to positively impact on our community and remind our youth about the importance of respecting the game of baseball and building strong character.”
The Giants partnership with Little League spans many decades and supports the Giants’ focus for youth baseball on not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also on what they call “the four bases of character development,” which include: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork. Through the Junior Giants baseball program, the Giants are able to offer a number of programs in the areas of education, health and violence prevention. This framework is integrated into all of the Giants Community Fund’s objectives.
“California District 57 is very excited about our partnership with the San Francisco Giants,” said Dave Wetmore, World Series Tournament Director. “The collaboration will help commemorate Little League’s 75th anniversary, and will have a tangible impact on the many little leaguers across the Tri-Valley Area.”
Over 36,000 people visiting the remodeled Max Baer Park in Livermore, California, the inaugural Little League Intermediate World Series was seen as an overwhelming success. Ten (10) teams from around the world — including the local Pleasanton National team, five more U.S teams and four international teams — as well as families, fans and friends traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 games, which ended with the team from Japan defeating the Collier Township, PA team, 10 -1 to win the Championship game, before 6,650 fans.
The Intermediate Division began as a two-year pilot program, before becoming an official division in 2012. Players ages 11-13 are eligible to play in this Intermediate baseball league, which features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as “50/70”.
Little League Baseball, founded in 1939 in Williamsport PA, will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.
Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program has assisted millions of children on every continent in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Little League Baseball, Incorporated is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.”
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