NOTE: Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in an abundance of caution for all of the participants and volunteers, all of the Little League® Urban Initiative Jamborees have been cancelled for the 2020 season. For all the latest coronavirus information, please visit LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus and coronavirus.gov.
This spring, thousands of children will have the unique opportunity to participate in a memorable weekend event at one of eight Little League® Urban Initiative Jamborees.
“Since it was launched in 2004, participating in the Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees has become an opportunity that thousands of kids and volunteers want to be a part of each year,” said Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative. “From competing against other local Little League programs in a fun and exciting tournament to the chance to visit Major League Baseball stadiums to enjoy a professional baseball game, these jamborees offer young children the chance to compete, make new friends, and forge lifelong memories.”
Below are the dates and locations for the 2020 Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees:
- April 17-19 | California Baseball Jamboree (Los Angeles, Calif.) – CANCELED
- April 24-26 | California Softball Jamboree (Richmond, Calif.) – CANCELED
- May 1-3 | Florida State Jamboree (Clearwater, Fla.) – CANCELED
- May 15-17 | East Region Softball Jamboree (Washington, D.C.) – CANCELED
- May 22-24 | Georgia Jamboree (Marietta, Ga.) – CANCELED
- May 29-31 | Texas State Jamboree (Houston, Texas) – CANCELED
- June 12-14 | New York Metro Jamboree (Bronx, N.Y.) – CANCELED
- June 26-28 | Central Region Jamboree (Milwaukee, Wisc.) – CANCELED
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. The Urban Initiative 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.
Inspired by the Little League World Series, the Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree was first established in 2004 with one, national tournament. Little League expanded the Jamborees to regional events in 2010. 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 such as attending a Major League Baseball game.
For more information about the Little League Urban Initiative, including how to become involved with one of this year’s jamboree events, contact Mr. Ervin at [email protected].