We are an integrated inner-city Little League serving children ages 5-15. We use baseball and softball as a means to connect and equip players to become servant leaders.
Near West Little League is in its 22nd year and is chartered by Little League International in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In 1995, Bob and Tina Muzikowski established the Near West Little League. Bob was played by Keanu Reeves in the 2001 Paramount movie Hardball. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley said, “Bob Muzikowski’ s baseball program has touched the lives of hundreds of kids and made Chicago a better city. He is living proof that one person can make a difference.
Our organization is 100% volunteer run and heavily subsidized by private donations. We have more than 200 kids from the west side of Chicago and over 50 volunteer coaches. Throughout the week our fields provide a safe environment for our kids to be kids as well as learn life skills, such as team work, perseverance and overcoming adversity.
While we are primarily funded by private donations, we ask each player to pay a registration fee of $40. This ensures commitment from each child and his or her family.
Our umpires are either current or former NWLL players. We help train, and equip them to oversee and call a game. Each umpire pays for his or her uniform and is paid throughout the.
We open each of our games with prayer and end our season with a baseball Bible camp in Niles, MI, through our partnership with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Morris Estate.
The Near West Little League is a 501(C)(3) organization.