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Bristol Lions Little League 05/15/2015

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The Bristol Lions Little League team, front kneeling from left: Matt Hanna, Tyler McFarland, Spencer Gamage, Hunter Brewer, Austin Brown and Ethan Pendleton. Back row standing from left: James Usher, Tucker Stiles, Aiden Seiders, Eben Lord Logan Willey and Wade Lane. Not shown: coach Ken Seiders, and asst. coaches Jason Lord and C. J. Pendleton.

The Bristol Lions Little League team, front kneeling from left: Matt Hanna, Tyler McFarland, Spencer Gamage, Hunter Brewer, Austin Brown and Ethan Pendleton. Back row standing from left: James Usher, Tucker Stiles, Aiden Seiders, Eben Lord Logan Willey and Wade Lane. Not shown: coach Ken Seiders, and asst. coaches Jason Lord and C. J. Pendleton.

The Bristol Area Lions Club sponsors the team and has for 48 years. Lions clubs helped support and popularize Little League since its first days and still do today.

The founder of Little League was Carl Stolz. He conceived of the idea of having full uniforms, an umpire, coaches and a manicured baseball diamond scaled for 8-to-12 year olds in Williamsport, P.A. in 1938. In 1939, four teams were formed and one of them was sponsored by the Williamsport Lions Club. Stoltz joined the Lions club in 1949.

2.6 million sign up for Little League each year. It is the world’s largest organized youth sports activity. A game is more than a game, “Little League itself represents the essence of America,” said baseball broadcaster Vin Scully in a 2014 documentary on Little League.

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