The Chicago Urban Initiative Little League Committee (CUILLC) and the Chicago Bandits of the National Professional Fastpitch Softball League have forged a partnership aimed at bringing the benefits of Little League Softball to the children of Chicago.
In Chicago, five local Little Leagues have coordinated their efforts to form the CUILLC intent on providing awareness, education and opportunity through affiliation in the Little League Softball program. The Bandits franchise has also recognized this working partnership will offer possibilities for growth in Little League Softball participation on the south side of Chicago and throughout the Chicagoland area.
Among the immediate benefits for local leagues will be the coordination of fund-raising projects designed to draw focus to their Little League programs, equipment acquisition, capital improvement cash grants, field improvement and renovation, access to Little League education and training programs, advocacy, and networking, all while creating interest among potential Little League softball players.
My college softball team worked in cooperation with the Chicago Bandits for a fund-raiser and I know a few of the Bandits players from playing ball with or against them. They are an all-around impressive organization, on and off the field. I’m excited about the prospect of softball participation on the south side of Chicago being on the rise soon.