"Those of us who played on Little League teams while growing up still remember the experiences and the valuable lessons learned," said Mike Reagan, RE/MAX senior vice president, brand marketing. "For more than 65 years, Little League programs have engrained values like courage, loyalty, character and sportsmanship into young people’s lives. We are hopeful that this relationship touches millions of families and demonstrates that RE/MAX understands the present and future value of instilling healthy and sound principles in our youth."
As part of the new relationship, RE/MAX is encouraging local offices and sales associates to become active supporters of local and regional Little League programs in any way possible, through cash contributions for equipment, sponsorship of local teams or financial support of playing fields and venues. Numerous Little League programs offer a variety of youth participation - tee ball, baseball, softball and more.
At its core, the purpose of Little League is to provide a safe, fun, wholesome combination of recreation and competition to players ages 5-18 through regular season play among local teams. For those players whose skills are more advanced, the Little League International Tournament provides the largest sports tournament in the world, with more than 40,000 games played each summer on the road to the various World Series tournaments.
Little League leaves no one out - it has a Challenger Division for physically and mentally challenged players, giving every child a chance to be a Little Leaguer. The Little League Urban Initiative is a vigorous attempt to provide access to the benefits of the program to boys and girls within urban communities. Little League offers a variety of easy-to-implement programs for local leagues that help keep children safe, and make the game more fun for everyone: A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP), and the Little League Manager/Coach Education Program, just to name two. The innovative Little League Child Protection Program was the first for any national youth sports organization (and remains the ONLY national youth baseball/softball organization) mandating background checks on managers, coaches and other key volunteers. But it doesn’t stop with a mandate. Little League provides leagues with advice on how to perform the checks simply, and affordably.
The words "Little League" have symbolized the very best in youth sports for more than six decades. Little League is played in more than 70 countries, and all 50 U.S. states. This year, 42 Little League Baseball and Softball games of the International Tournament will be televised nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC.
A true World Series is played in four divisions of baseball and four divisions of softball, with four other tournaments advancing to state level. And, making it to the granddaddy of all youth sports world championships, the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, happens for 16 communities around the world each year.
Little League Baseball, founded in 1939 in Williamsport, Penn., is the world’s largest youth sports program, with more than 2.8 million children and 1 million volunteers. More than 30 million people have played in Little League programs.
For more information on Little League, visit the Website www.littleleague.org.
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