Barack Obama Blesses Hawaii’s Third Little League World Series Title

    When life gets you down and your belief in people and the leadership in the country is at an all-time low, count on the Little League World Series, Americas last bastion of athletics purity. A tournament void of meddling parents and negative coaches, guaranteed to produce an outcome that reveals Americas greatest qualities. 

    Governor David Ige on Twitter

    Congratulations to Coach Gerald Oda & the 2018 Little League World Champions. Your entire journey uplifted the State of Hawaii during a time when a major hurricane was barreling toward the islands. Way to go Boys, you made all of Hawaii proud! #LLWS #LLWSChamps #AlohaStrong

    Its hard enough for a team to win the LLWS U.S. Title with a clear mind, but as a Hurricane threatened their family and friends back home, a team of lit ballers from Honolulu, Hawaii defeated South Korea to win the Little League World Series title on Sunday. 

    Thats a rare occurrence in the history of the LLWS, where international teams such as Taiwan and Japan have been dominant, posting a 17-12 record against the U.S. title winner since 1990. 

    Hawaii was on it from the first pitch as Mana Lau Kong launched one over the right-center field wall to give the Honolulu boys a lead and they never looked back, securing a 3-0 victory.

    Little League on Twitter


    Hawaii’s three LLWS titles have all come in the past 13 years. It was the first shutout in a LLWS title game since 2002 when Kentucky beat Japan, 1-0.

    The icing on the cake was a call from The Peoples President,”  Barack Obama, who was touched by the comradery, talent and spirit of the team from along the southeast coast of the island of Oahu, with a population of 371,657. 

    The Shadow League on Twitter

    BARACK OBAMA?!” The Hawaii Little League baseball team was shocked when they got a shout out from Barack Obama on his Twitter after they won the LLWS!

    The LLWS epitomizes the winning spirit of America and exemplifies what this country should and could be when people of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds synthesize for a common goal.

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.