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American Samoa Little League kicks off 2021 season with gov’s first pitch

One of the many Little League teams
It ends with children eager to play again in the summer
Source: ASLL media release

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Almost 300 children from the ages of 4 -12 registered to play in American Samoa’s first 2021 Little League season.  Little League hosted a fun filled two months of co-ed baseball games, at the Parks and Recreation’s Tony Solaita Memorial Baseball Fields in Tafuna, for kids from villages all over Tutuila.

Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga threw the first pitch to kick off the season in January. He spoke about the children of American Samoa and his support for programs that bring them back to the forefront. During this time where we are facing many challenges on this island, including the rise in suicides, Little League focuses in on creating a safe space for children to reconnect with their families while enjoying the camaraderie on their teams.

Little League believes in the power of youth baseball and softball to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities, embodying the discipline of teamwork.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the first organized youth sports program in the world, and was founded in 1939 by Carl E. Stotz, a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Today, millions of children on six continents and scores of countries can attest that baseball, softball and Little League are synonymous. The operation of the program, and this chartered league, is governed by ASLL’s local Board of Directors and the Charter Committee based at Little League International.

Through effective leadership, enthusiasm, and commitment from their board, sponsors, coaches, volunteers, parents, and players, American Samoa Little League was able to provide a successful first season with families and parents already eager to sign their kids up for summer

“Everyone in this organization volunteers their time for our the children, families, and the community to enjoy the sports of baseball and softball in a way that is safe, engaging, exciting, and fun.”

ASLL would like to thank the governor and other ASG officials as well as the amazing individuals who are coaches, umpires, and volunteers, for their time and efforts in ensuring this season was a success and all of our wonderful sponsors for their support and encouragement.