White House Tee Ball Initiative

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A batter swings at the ball Sunday, June 26, 2005, during "Tee Ball on the South Lawn.

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."

The plan was to invite teams from around the United States to play Tee Ball at the White House. Teams were to be selected by the Little League Baseball Association.

About Tee Ball[edit]

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[edit]

Cal Ripken, Junior, right, the Initiative's first commissioner, watches a game with President George W. Bush at the White House in June 2002.

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