• White Sox Table Plans for Jackie Robinson West Plaque

    by David Just July 2015

    One year ago the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was getting ready to capture the hearts of both Chicago and the nation at large. The celebration for the U.S. champions included a White House visit, a parade through Chicago and on-field honors from the Cubs and White Sox.

  • Facility Makes Baseball Accessible to Cincinnati Youths

    by Ted Berg, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who has decried the growing perception of baseball as a country club sport reserved for those with the increasing resources necessary to play it competitively, reiterated a commitment he made early in his tenure to make the game more available to the USA's underprivileged youth.

  • 'Addict II Athlete' Sports Program Targets Prison Pudge

    by Chandra Bozelko, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) July 2015

    Sean Penn's character in "Dead Man Walking" sums it up: "It's hard not to get fat. Rice, potatoes, pancakes, beans. Sometimes I feel like a sow on a farm." The lack of exercise options for inmates is severe - so severe that most inmates emerge obese from their facilities after serving their time.

  • In Tampa, Parks Hours Extended to Help Fight Crime

    by Elizabeth Behrman, The Tampa Tribune July 2015

    Barbara Verdecia's children are at Desoto Park almost every day. Her 8-year-old daughter attends one of the city's summer day camps there. The family also takes advantage of new summer hours at the park, which allow them to use the swimming pool every day until midnight.

  • Little League Softball Coach Sorry for Ejection, Arrest

    by Larry Mahoney, Bangor Daily News (Maine) July 2015

    Jarrod Williams said he is remorseful. The coach of the Brewer Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star softball team said he regrets his actions that led to his ejection and subsequent arrest on a disorderly conduct charge during a District 3 tourney game in Bangor last week.

  • Rec Center's Weeknight Youth Hoops Program Expands

    by Allison Ward, The Columbus Dispatch July 2015

    Terry Jackson had just settled on the couch for the evening at his East Side home when his son, Jaylon, approached. "Dad, Dad -- we've got to go to basketball," the elder Jackson recalled his 12-year-old pleading one Wednesday this month.

  • Community Support Puts Youth Program Back on Track

    by Scott Taylor, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) June 2015

    All it took to rescue the city's community track program was a community to step forward.

  • Residents Gather to Defend Youth Baseball League

    by Anne Kallas, Ventura County Star June 2015

    About 150 adults and children — many in baseball uniforms — showed up at an Oxnard parks commission meeting to defend the NorthSide Youth Baseball League’s right to use the playing fields at Curren School on F Street, next to Eastwood Park.

  • Youth League Combats Violence with Officer Coaches

    by Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times June 2015

    When Kenyatta Jones heard the premise behind the Englewood Police Youth Baseball League, she quickly signed up her 9-year-old son, DuQuan Williams.

  • J.R. West Team Attorney Seeks Disclosure Over Probe

    by Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times June 2015

    After months of getting nowhere, the Jackie Robinson West Little League team is headed to court to try to force the disclosure of information used in the investigation that stripped the team of its national title.