AT&T’s commitment to sponsoring the historic West Baltimore James Mosher Little League U-11 Team in the Ripken Baseball Blue Crab Tournament this summer kicked off with a night at Orioles Park and some pristine new uniform jerseys.
The telecommunications company hosted the team at the Harbor East AT&T store in downtown Baltimore on Friday, June 30, to present jerseys the team will wear in the tournament that’s scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 9 in Aberdeen.
The six-day tournament runs through Friday, July 14.
“We’re excited for these kids to be recognized and just as excited for them to receive these jerseys,” said Veronique Cabulong, the area regional sales lead for AT&T.
“We take great pride in being members of our local community and James Mosher Little League has been around in West Baltimore for over 50 years,” Cabulong said.
Founded in 1960 by the James Mosher Associates, a nonprofit organization, James Mosher Baseball – an independent youth baseball organization that’s not affiliated with Little League International – is believed to be the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country.
The organization has an active roster of over 50 adult volunteers who meet throughout the year. The volunteers are dedicated, committed individuals who involve themselves wholeheartedly into the program and willingly give their time, talent, and energy so that the league’s philosophy may become a reality, according to league officials.
It's organizations like the James Mosher Little League that AT&T has taken pride in supporting, company officials said.“AT&T has been very involved in our local community and has been for over 113 years,” Cabulong said.
The James Mosher event ranked as special as the company’s director of sales, Marta Brasby, was scheduled to provide the team with opening remarks just before taking the little leaguers toCamden Yards to see the Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays.
“So, this was really special for us because we love the sport of baseball and to participate in any children’s sports activities is great,” Cabulong said.
“We hope to prepare these children physically and emotionally for their fuon July 9,ture and as part of the evening, after the jersey presentation, we planned to have picture taking, video opportunities and some of the Ripkin Baseball members plan to be there and, of course, we’re treating the little league team to the Baltimore Orioles game,” she said.
The historic James Mosher league has continued to grow.
Over the years, girls have been allowed to participate with some becoming standout players on their respective teams and, in recent years, the league added the T-Ball division for boys and girls ages 4-6 and the Instructional division for boys and girls ages 7-8. The league now includes 19 teams for boys and girls ages 4-15.
“This is what AT&T does. We like to not only ensure that customers have robust services, but to make sure they have it where they work, live and play and baseball is one of the things they like to do,” Cabulong said. “We as a team participate in a lot of local events; it’s not always about going out and selling something but it’s participating in a lot of local events.”