WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In just a few weeks Lamade Stadium in Lycoming County will be lit up once again for the Little League World Series and health and safety are a top priority.
Young athletes from across the country are preparing to travel to South Williamsport in August for the return of the Little League World Series.
“It’s going to be different in many ways, but it should be a lot of fun. We’re just glad the kids are back on the field and can end their summer in Williamsport,” said Stephen Keener, Little League President, and CEO.
On Wednesday, the Little League World Series and UPMC North Central PA unveiled a new player wellness center.
It will serve as the medical hub for all athletes, coaches and staff during the series. If someone becomes ill and needs to see a doctor, they can visit the clinic for around-the-clock care.
“We have 16 teams now, 20 teams starting next year, over 200-some kids and coaches that from time to time need medical services and this is the place that will provide that for them,” stated Keener.
Construction began last summer to replace the former Little League infirmary with the modern and much larger facility.
“This is a permanent facility, it’s got state of the art equipment in it. This is probably, I would imagine, at least three times the size of what we had before,” said Keener.
It’s all made possible by a partnership with UMPC in Northcentral Pennsylvania. The hospital’s healthcare personnel will staff the wellness center. It features all the components of a primary care facility, including a patient isolation room.
“We’re not out of the pandemic yet, so we have to be vigilant as we go through this cycle this summer in August and as we go into the fall, so we want to continue to be very careful. That having been said, a facility like this to assist in this kind of environment can’t be overstated in terms of its value and its importance,” said Steve Johnson, President of UMPC Northcentral PA.
The Little League World Series is scheduled for August 19th – 29th in Williamsport.