Little League International Congress set for New Orleans January 19-22

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Special guests include MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Veteran MLB Umpire Gerry Davis, ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Jessica Mendoza, and Kyle Peterson, and America’s Got Talent’s The Passing Zone.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – On January 19-22, 2018, Little League® Baseball and Softball will be hosting its 27th Little League International Congress at the Hilton new Orleans Riverside in New Orleans.

First launched in 1956, the purpose of the International Congress is to chart the course of the world’s largest organized youth baseball and softball program. More than a thousand Little League volunteers from around the globe attend the Little League International Congress, held once every four years.

Nearly 450 of those attending are volunteer District Administrators, or delegates, who serve as liaisons between the local leagues and Little League International. District Administrators are elected by their constituent leagues to provide support, and to represent their interests as delegates to the International Congress. The primary purpose of the Congress is to amend rules and regulations.

The delegates, and their assistant district administrators, meet in round table discussions, making any necessary changes in the proposed amendments, then vote on the changes on the final day of the Congress. A two-thirds vote is required for passage. Those amendments receiving the necessary vote are then presented to the International Board of Directors for final approval.

Little League® International Coming to NOLA

Special guest appearances by ESPN talent Karl Ravech, Jessica Mendoza, and Kyle Peterson, as well as Veteran MLB Umpire Gerry Davis, will highlight the 2018 Little League International Congress while Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the first Little League alumni to hold the position, will be officially enshrined into the Little League Hall of Excellence. Following his enshrinement, Commissioner Manfred will host a keynote conversation with Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. The four-day event will also be capped off with a feature performance at the Chairman’s Banquet on January 22 by America’s Got Talent’s The Passing Zone, a comedy-juggling duo that has won 18 gold medals from the International Jugglers’ Association and holds five Guinness World Records.

For more information on the Little League International Congress in New Orleans, including tentative schedules and agenda items, visit LittleLeague.org/Congress.

NOTE: Members of the media are encouraged to attend the Little League International Congress marquee events and should RSVP to Kevin Fountain, Director of Media Relations, at kfountain@littleleague.org no later than January 17 if interested in attending. Any and all media requests should be submitted prior to January 17.

  • Opening Convocation
    • January 19 at 7:30 p.m. (New Orleans Convention Center)
    • Featured Guests: Rob Manfred
  • District Volunteer Recognition Breakfast
    • January 22 at 8 a.m. (Hilton New Orleans Riverside – Grand Ballroom)
    • Featured Guests: Jessica Mendoza, Kyle Peterson
  • Chairman’s Banquet
    • January 22 at 6 p.m. (Hilton New Orleans Riverside – Grand Ballroom)
    • Featured Guests: Karl Ravech, The Passing Zone

About Little League®

Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including political leaders, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, and follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague).

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