Jackie Robinson West

2014 United States Little League World Series Champions Jackie Robinson West, were treated to a huge rally at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Preceding the rally was a parade for the team, which started at their home field at Jackie Robinson Park and made its way through South Side neighborhoods as residents cheered on their little league champions. A major stop along the route was U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox. While there, White Sox Executive Vice-President Kenny Williams "loaned" the White Sox' 2005 World Series trophy to the team to accompany them along the rest of the route. The giant screen at the Pritzker Pavilion, tracking the entire parade route showed the team as they approached Millennium Park. Loud roars and cheers could be heard as they are seen heading North on Michigan Avenue...making their way to their final destination. Once inside the park, the crowd got a glimpse of the team on the side of the stage with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn. The cheers turned to screams as it was finally "show time"! Kenny Williams presented Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler with an autographed Chicago White Sox team jersey, which Butler showed off to his players. But Williams mentioned that each JRW team player would get their own autographed jersey as well. After brief remarks from Kenny Williams and Chicago Cubs' President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, the team made their way to center stage with the Championship banner. Jackie Robinson West little league director Bill Haley and manager Darold Butler addressed the crowd before Chicago White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson introduced each player to the sounds of more cheers. After outfielder Pierce Jones addressed the crowd, and the team watched replays of their successful season, confetti rained down on the players as well as the cheering crowd.