Welcome to the Official Site of the Ukraine Little League Baseball program. It is a program that enriches a child’s life by teaching the value of working together with others, striving for success, practicing to achieve a group goal, and learning how to win and how to handle defeat all through the sport of baseball. These are all valuable lessons for success in life.
The Ukraine Little League Baseball program is officially charted by Little League Baseball International located in Williamsport, PA USA since 1995.
Since 2001, three Ukrainian Little League teams have won European Baseball Championships and have traveled to the USA to represent Europe at three World Series. One was a Big League team and the other two were Junior teams. We are very proud of their accomplishments.
We, the volunteers, who travel to Ukraine to represent the various Ukrainian organizations, and individuals, Ukrainian and non - Ukrainian, are there to show by example that we truly care about each and every Ukrainian child.
United States Peace Corps volunteers assist us as well by serving as umpires and scorers. Together we are on the ground at the Championship to represent the sponsors who either donate financially or donate product to the children.
Currently we host two Ukraine Little League Baseball Championships for children ages 10 - 12 each year. To date fourteen LL Championships have been held for children from “schools”. What we are most proud of, are the five Little League Baseball Championships held to date for children from orphanages, called internats in Ukraine. These children are housed in internats due to many reasons, some of which are: children without both parents; with only one parent; child given away to the state because of parental financial difficulties or other reasons; or a child taken away from a parent(s) due to various forms of abuse, etc.
As I tell the children, during the closing ceremony, “ we travel over 5,000 miles to represent the people from across the ocean who care about you.” “You see our faces here but please think of those overseas who are not here but with us in spirit.” The hope is that when you grow into adulthood you will remember this act of kindness shown to you and in return you will help another individual, and another and another, forever. You will understand that special virtue, CARE. You will in turn care and help others. You will then become one of us. That is our hope and message to all the children that we have helped each year.
I am also proud to announce that the Ukraine Little League Program is now a recognized program under the banner of the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC) of Philadelphia.
Any donation to help these children is now fully tax deductible. Please write a check to UUARC ( Ukraine LL Baseball).
United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc.
ATT: Ukraine Little League Baseball Program
1206 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Care to help? How? You tell us. Any questions or comments, please contact Basil P. Tarasko.
District Administrator of the Ukraine Little League Baseball Program