Rowan Little League Softball coach, local political leaders want the World Champs to get a White House invitation

Rowan Little League Softball coach, local political leaders want the World Champs to get a White House invitation

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Steve Yang, the head coach of the Rowan County Little League Softball World Series champions, along with two North Carolina political leaders, are aiming for another milestone for his team; they’re looking for an invitation to visit the White House.

Yang tweeted on Monday, tagging President Trump that he is “Wanting the team to get an invite to the White House like the boys team from Louisiana.”

“I just want girls on the same platform to be recognized by the politicians It’s great, the President of the United States can honor youth sports like college athletics and professional athletics," Yang said.

On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Representatives Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Ted Budd (NC-13), whose districts include Rowan County, sent President Trump a letter asking him to invite the softball team to the White House.

After the Louisiana boys won the Little League World Series, Representative Steve Scalise congratulated the team and tagged President Trump in the tweet. The President retweeted it, adding “see you at the White House.”

Lexie Ritchie and Kynlee Dextraze are two of the players, both attend Corriher-Lipe Middle School.

“I didn’t think it was fair that the boys got to go but we didn’t get to go, we didn’t get an invite," Dextraze said.

“That’s like maybe a once in a lifetime type thing that you can do, to have the chance, I would want to do it," Ritchie said.

“It seems really cool that we would get to do that, as like 12-13 year olds,” Dextraze added.

Push grows for Rowan Little League Softball World Champs to get a White House invitation

Coach Yang sent out his tweet on Monday, tagging both President Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump.

The text of the letter sent to President Trump from Reps. Hudson and Budd is below:

Dear Mr. President, We write today to ask you to invite the 2019 Little League Softball World Series Champions from North Carolina to a celebration at the White House. It is our understanding that you have invited the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series Champions from Louisiana to the White House, and we hope to see our Rowan County Little League softball team receive the same warm welcome. As the representatives of Rowan County, North Carolina, we were proud to support and watch our team win their second World Series championship in the last four years on August 14th in Portland, Oregon. These young women worked incredibly hard and defeated Eastbank Little League from Louisiana to capture this year’s Little League Softball World Series title. We believe that as world champions, these Rowan County all-stars deserve to be properly celebrated at the White House.
Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Ted Budd (NC-13)

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