BOWLING GREEN, Ky., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Russell Athletic and Little League® today announced new uniform combinations for the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, created and designed specifically to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League. The announcement of the new uniforms continues a long-standing relationship between Russell Athletic and Little League Baseball and Softball that dates back more than 30 years.
The uniforms are representative of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice required to getting to the Little League Baseball World Series, and were designed exclusively for the players featuring the Little League motto "Character, Courage and Loyalty". The words that mean so much to the Little League organization have been designed into the fabric of the uniform, including the jersey sleeve and the ¾ length sleeve performance undershirt. There will be 16 total new uniforms, eight for the U.S. regions and eight International regions.
"Russell Athletic is extremely proud of these jerseys and what they represent," said Robby Davis, Russell Athletic Sr. Vice President, General Manager. "These players deserve the best uniforms as they play at the highest level. We value our partnership with Little League immensely and congratulate them on an incredible seventy-five years."
Each team is representing their region with a unique uniform color combination. All designs and decorations have been fully printed into the jersey, eliminating the bulk associated with twill numbers and lettering. The jersey material is a lightweight and breathable stretch fabric that can also be found on several college and minor league baseball teams around the country. This exclusive style will be available to purchase through Russell Athletic for the 2015 season.
"The Little League mission of building Character, Courage, Loyalty, has been at the heart of the organization since its inception in 1939," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Thanks to the support from Russell Athletic, Little League is excited that these tenants of the organization will be featured so prominently on the new Russell uniforms of the Little Leaguers participating in the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series, as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary."
- Exclusive style for the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series – available for general public sale in 2015
- Lightweight, breathable stretch fabric used by many Division 1 Universities & Minor League teams
- Fully sublimated decoration (instead of standard twill) keeps jersey lighter and more breathable to enhance player performance
- Little League tenants design incorporated on sleeves – "Character, Courage, Loyalty"
- Unique color combinations for each division
- Performance undershirt made with Dri-Power® moisture wicking fabric
- ¾ length sleeves – new style introduced for 2014
- Fully sublimated design to match jersey
The 68th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 14 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, airing on ABC. The World Series will culminate the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Little League. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org. To learn more about Little League's Diamond Anniversary, visitLittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.
About RUSSELL BRANDS, LLC
For more than 100 years, Russell Brands, LLC, has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell's collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores. For more information, please visit www.RussellAthletic.com, facebook.com/russellathletic,Twitter.com/RussellAthletic.
About Little League®
Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world's largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. In 2014, Little League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of developing major league people. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow the Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague) or Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague). Celebrate Little League's 75th Anniversary online at LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com, official hashtag: #LittleLeague75. Follow all of the action from the nine Little League World Series at llbws.org or on Facebook and Twitter at hashtag: #LLWS.