I would like to welcome everyone to the MLB Beijing International School Baseball Tournament.
It is a pleasure to be on the campus of the International School of Beijing. 12 years ago when MLB first came to Beijing, ISB was instrumental in supporting our efforts to stage the 2008 China Series between the Dodgers and Padres. ISB choir sang the national anthem, helped with security, and I hand-picked the bat boys from the ISB baseball team，a great experience for all of us.
MLB's goal in to provide an opportunity for boys and girls to launch their interest in baseball and create momentum for participation in the game.
This weekend should be a memorable experience for players, coaches and parents. There are 6 teams competing in 10U and 4 teams in the 14U division.
I would like to congratulate all of our players and coaches for
I would also like to thank the parents for the support you have
given to enable your children to enjoy baseball. You are the driving force behind all of your child's successes.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the MLB Development Centers located in Wuxi, Changzhou and Nanjing. In the past 3 years we have had 7 student athletes sign with MLB clubs.
As important we now have over 40 graduates attending universities
in China and the USA and playing baseball.
I would like to wish all of you good luck and we hope that one day some of the players here can visitus at the MLB Development Centers and perhaps we may see you in the Major Leagues.
In closing to our players: have fun in baseball, and study hard