The first round of the Little League World Series begins Thursday, and for the first time in over 30 years, a team from Chicago will be there.
Jackie Robinson West will play a team from Washington State in the tournament’s first round at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The team made it this far with a come from behind victory in the Great Lakes Regional final on Saturday.
The players range from 11 to 13 years old. They come from several South Side neighborhoods.
Some of their parents wouldn’t have been able to afford going to Pennsylvania for the games if it wasn’t for $20,000 donated by five major league players.
The Cubs’ Wesley Wright, Colorado Rockies’ LaTroy Hawkins, Atlanta Braves B.J & Justin Upton, and Torii Hunter of the Detroit Tigers all contributed.
Chicago and the White Sox are celebrating with a public viewing party during their first game.
That’s being held at Jackie Robinson field at 105th and Morgan.