Each year as summer draws to a close, the small industrial community of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania swells to accommodate more than 300,000 visitors to the culminating event of the world’s largest youth sports organization, Little League Baseball’s World Series. Little League Baseball is the only youth sports organization to be chartered by the U.S. Congress. More than 2.6 million children currently participate in Little League programs in every U.S. state and in other countries throughout the world.
From its origins in 1939 as a three-team Williamsport league, the Little League World Series has grown to include more than 250 players on 16 teams, representing more than 75 countries. The event is held at the 66-acre Little League complex, which includes a headquarters building, five differentiate Series participants from one another. Lenel readily agreed to step up to the plate by providing a badging system to issue secure photo identification badges to 200 players and coaches at the 1999 World Series.
A database of registrants was downloaded into the system before the games, to verify the identity of participants with the help of schools, parents and coaches. The benefits of storing cardholder data in one central location were critically important for medical and other emergencies that require the rapid retrieval of such information.