On Tuesday, August 26, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the New York Yankees and AT&T co-hosted the fourth annual “Borough President’s Cup” Little League Championship. The game featured a match-up between the 2013 champions Grand Slam Little League and the Bronx Bombers, who competed for this year’s title in a game at Yankee Stadium.
The Bronx Bombers took the championship with a 14-2 victory over Grand Slam Little League.
To compete for the “Borough President’s Cup,” players for each Little League had to meet a set of requirements unrelated to their performance on the field. Those included a B-average in school, 90 percent or greater school attendance and a demonstrated commitment to community service. This year, some of the teams participated in a cleanup of Claremont Park as part of their community service, in partnership with a borough non-profit organization, The Bronx is Blooming.
“For the fourth straight year, we’ve given Bronx Little Leaguers a chance to walk in the footprints of legends like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and in the shadows of the all-time greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. I would like to thank AT&T and the New York Yankees for once again helping my office make this a wonderful event, and for giving these young men a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“AT&T is proud to once again support the Borough President’s Cup, which encourages a winning combination of strong academic performance and team building skills,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “I’d like to acknowledge Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., a tireless advocate for kids all across the borough he loves. Last but not least, I want to congratulate the two teams that have worked so hard, both on and off the field, to play here to Yankee Stadium tonight: the 2014 champions, Bronx Bombers and the runner-up, Grand Slam Little League.
“On behalf of the Bronx Bombers, I would like to thank Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the New York Yankees and AT&T for the wonderful opportunity to play in Yankee Stadium in the Borough President’s Cup,” said Dan Stroud, head coach of the 14U Bronx Bombers. “It is such a great privilege that our players, coaches and families will cherish for the rest of their lives.”