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Morongo Donates Gear to Little League

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated $3,200 in equipment to the Banning Pass Little League Thursday, officials said.
Young baseball and softball players in the Pass will have an advantage this season with new equipment donated by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Thursday. "We are delighted to be able to support the Banning Pass Little League in their mission to provide organized team sports to help the young people of our community stay focused and healthy," Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said. "Little League allows boys and girls to experience the benefits of sports and exercise while they learn important skills and lessons," Martin added.
The band donated batting helmets, machines to draw chalk lines on ball fields and dozens of baseball and softball bats of different lengths for different ages.
The Banning Pass Little League this season has more than 450 players, a huge hike from last season's 150, according to the league's Jim Price.
"Morongo's donation will help us keep more kids on the fields, playing ball and having fun, and it is greatly appreciated," Price said. Tribal Chairman Robert Martin of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians presents Jim Price, the assistant district administrator of the Banning Pass Little League, with $3,200 in new baseball equipment donated by the tribe to the league on May 24, 2012.
Banning-Beaumont Patch
Published: May 25th, 2012