The Jackie Robinson West All Stars have made Chicagoans proud once again by being invited to the White House for a visit with the President and the First Lady.
The team took home the U.S. Little League championship this past September.
Hailing mainly from the South Side of Chicago, Jackie Robinson West captured the world’s attention this summer on their extraordinary run through the Little League World Series. Along with being the first Chicago-area team to make it to the Little League World Series in 31 years, Jackie Robinson West also made history as the first all-black team to win the U.S. title.
Before the world championship game against South Korea, the President tweeted that “we’re all so proud” of the team. Even though South Korea won the final game 8-4, Jackie Robinson West had already secured a special place in the hearts of Americans across the country.
The young players’ victorious run held substantial meaning for the city that they came from. Chicago has made nation headlines, but for its more dangerous reasons. The city has grappled with increased incidents of gun violence and a high murder rate.
Players come from neighborhoods that suffer from this violence as well as disproportionately levels of poverty.
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