Major Little League Girls Softball jamboree coming to Richmond

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A photo from this year's Richmond Little League parade and opener in March, 2018. (by Mike Kinney)

There’s going to be a lot of young softball players in Richmond this weekend.

The Little League Urban Initiative — which operates in nearly 90 cities and is a component of Little League Baseball and Softball — organizes jamborees in cities across the nation. This weekend from Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m. a Little League Softball jamboree is set to be hosted by Richmond Little League at Nicholl Park.

The jamborees provide an opportunity for youth athletes to compete in cities around the country and to participate in fun activities together, said Demiko Ervin, Little League Director of the Urban Initiative Program.

The Little League Urban Initiative is a component of Little League Baseball and Softball and was established in 1999 to ensure communities in metropolitan areas can have the benefits of a local Little League program. It includes more than 220 leagues in nearly 90 cities.

2018 Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree Dates and Locations

April 20-22 – California Softball Jamboree – Richmond, Calif.

April 27-29 – California Baseball Jamboree – San Diego, Calif.

May 4-6 – Florida State Jamboree – Clearwater, Fla.

May 18-20 – Georgia Jamboree – Decatur, Ga.

May 18-20 – Texas State Baseball Jamboree – Houston, Texas

June 8-10 – Texas State Softball Jamboree – Dallas, Texas

June 8-10 – New York Metro Jamboree – Bronx, N.Y.

June 29-July 1 – Central Region Jamboree – Indianapolis, Ind.

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