Seventy-five years and 2.4 million players in the world - this is a big anniversary for Little League, and the organization plans on giving back in a big way.
This month, the organization is launching its Big Legacy Project, encouraging Little League players, parents, fans, families and alumni to upload photos and written memories to LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com. The website will be launched early this month, said Brian McClintock, director of media relations.
The contributions will be made into a digital mosaic on the website, unveiled on the June 6 anniversary date.
Better yet, 50,000 memories will turn into $50,000, as the project will raise money for Pitch In For Baseball (www.pitchinforbaseball.org/html/), which provides new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to enable children locally and globally to play ball.
"For every memory uploaded to LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com, we will donate $1 to Pitch In For Baseball, with a goal of $50,000," McClintock said.
The vision for the mosaic is to develop a collage of images that shows Little League's past and present, with a historic image from Williamsport's early days; an image of the softball program, celebrating 40 years this year; and an image from the Challenger division (in which children with physical and mental challenges can play), celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
"It'll be an image that spans our entire history. ... It will encompass the start of Little League, how we've grown and how we're a member of the community around the world," McClintock said.
The organization looks forward to celebrating the anniversary with those locally and around the world, he said.
"We're looking forward to working with (the 7,000 local) leagues around the world in this celebration," McClintock said.
It all started here.
"Williamsport is a major part of the history of where we started and where we will go," he said.
Other celebrations and events for the year will be announced at a later date.