White House Tee Ball Initiative
White House Tee Ball Initiative refers to efforts by President George W. Bush to promote baseball and softball by allowing youth Tee Ball events on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C.. The event was first held in 2001.
In 2001, U.S. President Bush initiated what he described as the White House Tee Ball Initiative. The purpose was to promote interest in childhood sports, including baseball and softball. According to the White House, the Tee Ball Initiative promoted "a spirit of teamwork and service for America's youth."
About Tee Ball
Tee Ball is considered "the entry sport to baseball for young players". Tee Ball associations allow children between the ages of four and eight to play in their leagues. Generally, Tee Ball takes less skill than baseball.
The difference between Tee Ball and softball or baseball is that the child hits the ball off of a tee. The ball is not pitched. Thus, Tee Ball allows a young child to learn the skills of hitting, catching, running the bases and throwing.
It is estimated that 2.2 million youths play Tee Ball.
List of White House Tee Ball Commissioners
- 2006 Commissioner Willie Mays July 30, 2006 
- 2005 Commissioner Barry Larkin June 24, 2005 
- 2004 Commissioner Nolan Ryan April 5, 2004
- 2001-04 Commissioner Cal Ripken, Jr. June 20, 2003