Chicago Southland to Host Junior League Girls Softball
24 Jun, 2015
When summer brings the warmth of the sun, an increase in peanuts and Cracker Jack sales and chants of “We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher,” it can mean only one thing, the 2015 Junior League Girls Softball Tournament comes to South Holland, July 24th – 30th.
For the first time, the eight to 12-team tournament, which is a pre-cursor to the Little League Junior League Softball World Series, will be held in South Holland. Featuring up to 12 Midwest state-winners, the 2015 Junior League Girls Softball Tournament will bring Chicago Southland softball fans the opportunity to see a tournament of this caliber. “It is an honor to host such an important tournament in the Chicago Southland,” said Jim Garrett, President / CEO for the Chicago Southland CVB. “The collaborative effort of our sales team, South Holland Parks and Recreation Department and the Village of South Holland made this happen and is a win-win for everyone.”
The tournament will conclude with a closing ceremony on July 30th, honoring the winners and a special game sponsored for the Little League Challenger Program. The game allows for children with a physical or developmental disability to play a game of baseball with their peers. Little League sponsored buddies will be on site to assist any physically disabled child with hitting, base running and other various tasks. “It’s great to have the Little League Challenger Program,” said Sandy Ducat, District Administrator for Little League Baseball, Illinois District 6. “This allows those with disabilities to have the same experience as every child.” The Little League Challenger Program helps over 30,000 developmentally and physically disabled athletes from 10 countries participate in youth baseball. For more information on the Little League Challenger Program, visit LittleLeague.org.
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs. The Chicago Southland CVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for leisure, meetings and conventions, group tour and sports events. For more information, go to VisitChicagoSouthland.com.