Starting in mid-April, the Little League® Urban Initiative Jamborees are set to return with eight events taking place across seven different states in an effort to provide players and their families with a fun, exciting, and memorable experience available only for those leagues affiliated with the Urban Initiative program.
“One of the unique benefits of becoming a part of the Little League Urban Initiative program is the opportunity to participate in one of our jamborees held across the United States each year,” said Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative. “We look forward to watching the hundreds of Little Leaguers and their families take part in this year’s events and hope to inspire more leagues and communities to sign up to be part of the Urban Initiative in the future.”
Inspired by the Little League World Series, the Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree was first established in 2004 with one national tournament and in 2010 was expanded to region-based events. At these Jamborees, teams compete in a weekend-long tournament with the championship game typically being played on Sunday afternoon. Jamboree participants also have other opportunities to interact with fellow players and the community through events, which often times include involvement with nearby Major League Baseball teams.
Below are the dates and locations for the 2023 Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees:
- April 14-16: California Baseball Jamboree (National City, Calif.)
- April 21-23: California Softball Jamboree (Richmond, Calif.)
- April 28-23: Florida State Jamboree (Clearwater, Fla.)
- May 19-21: East Region Softball Jamboree (Washington, D.C.)
- May 19-21: Texas State Jamboree (Houston, Texas)
- May 26-28: Georgia Jamboree (Decatur, Ga.)
- June 9-11: New York Metro Jamboree (Bronx, N.Y.)
- June 16-18: Central Region Jamboree (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Established in 1999 to provide opportunities for communities in underserved communities to reap the benefits of having local Little League programs in their neighborhoods, the Little League Urban Initiative has helped tens of thousands of children and volunteers in cities throughout the United States. This program provides annual opportunities to approximately 50,000 players across more than 4,000 Little League teams, and has participated in nearly 30 field renovation and development projects around the country. These Jamborees are unique events to bring players from local programs that benefit from the support of the Urban Initiative together for a weekend of comradery and competition.
To learn more about how to get involved in one of these events, or to start an Urban Initiative program in your community, please contact Mr. Ervin at DErvin@LittleLeague.org.