The Kearney Little League All-Stars baseball team has become the first-ever team from Nebraska to reach the Little League World Series. This 12-and-under team is now in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with 15 other teams from around the world, including Taiwan, Japan, and Uganda. Kearney is one of eight teams representing the United States. Their first game is Thursday at 6pm central time and will be broadcast live on ESPN television.
The teams are lodged and provided for by Little League International for this tournament. Obviously, many of the young families of these players will be challenged by the time away from work and costs of travel and lodging. The team solicited almost $15,000 prior to leaving for the Regional tournament in early August, but those funds have been depleted due to the teams success, and they now face at least 5 days, and up to 12 days, in Pennsylvania.
It's vital that these players have the support of their families during this once-in-a-lifetime event, and the Kearney Little League Board is asking your help to support these families, as their children act as Ambassadors of Nebraska and perform at the highest level in the State's first ever Little League World Series tournament.
Donations will be accepted online at KearneyLittleLeague.ORG, or checks can be made out to Kearney Little League and mailed to PO Box 759, Kearney, NE 68848-0759.
• Kearney Little League has been providing baseball for more than 60 years • The non-profit group runs at break-even or at a slight annual loss • The League was honored this year to receive Sertoma's Service to Mankind Award • Family costs for this event are estimated at roughly $31,000 for 5 days for the 13 families
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