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Little League Baseball Canada – The 46th National Little League Week kicked off Sunday, June 12th with the first-ever T-Ball on the Hill event. Ontario District’s 2 and 6, Ottawa West and East, gathered some of their own T-Ball players for a demonstration right on the northeast corner of Parliament Hill.

Ottawa West, in red, was comprised of Ottawa West Little League and East Nepean Little League. Ottawa East, white jerseys, saw Orleans Little League, Prescott-Russell Little League, Glebe Little League, South Ottawa Little League and Carleton-Russell Little League all come together for this event.

Little League Baseball Canada would like to thank Mrs. Anita Vandenbeld, the host of the event and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean for all of her help in making this event possible. Mrs. Vandenbeld officially declared National Little League Week at the beginning of ceremony.

“Little League is the largest volunteer driven youth sport organization in the world, with over three million boys and girls playing,” Mrs. Vandenbeld begins, “I am happy to host the 46th National Little League Week T-ball on the Hill and I congratulate all of the volunteers, players and coaches who make this organization a success and who do so much to encourage our youth to be active.”

Member of Parliament Chandra Arya of Nepean also came out for the festivities, helping to celebrate Little League and youth sport in Canada.

This event would also not have been possible without the parents, players and umpires who donated their time to come out to this inaugural event. A parent and coach of the Ottawa West team spoke about the event and why he and his son came out.

“The kids had a heck of a time, it was great fun. I wanted to get my son interested in baseball, what better way than to get him involved in a big event like this on Parliament Hill.”

Little League Baseball Canada also thanks Sport Chek, who generously donated the equipment used in the T-Ball demonstration. Sport Chek believes in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle in Canadians and that was shown in their kind assistance with this event.

The T-Ball on the Hill initiative was launched by Little League Baseball Canada to promote interest in baseball and foster a spirit of teamwork and service for Canada’s youth. The Organizing Committee is extremely grateful for the support for this event from the Government of Canada, Parliament Hill, the RCMP and the community for helping to make this day possible.

 

For more information, contact:

Roy Bergerman, President

604-992-1157

rbergerman@littleleague.ca

 

Josh Bell, National Media Coordinator