|Ginny Owens Sings National Anthem at 'Tee-Ball on the South lawn' of White House
27 July 2005
(Franklin, TN… 07/26/05) Rocketown recording artist Ginny Owens sang the National Anthem Sunday at “Tee-Ball on the South Lawn,” a special initiative launched in 2001 by President George W. Bush to “promote interest in baseball and a spirit of teamwork and service for America's youth.”
Sunday’s game featured District 12 Little League Challengers from Williamsport, Penn. playing West University Little League Challengers from Houston, Texas. The Little League’s Challenger Division is organized for and features teams comprised of mentally and physically disabled children, and this game celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Baseball Hall of Famers Paul Molitor (2004) and Ozzie Smith (2002) as well as special guest Andy Pettitte (Houston Astros) joined White House Tee Ball Commissioner of the Game Steve Palermo on the field with the players and their buddies. After welcoming the Challenger teams to the White House in recognition of the ADA, President Bush placed the first ball on the Tee to begin the game and then joined Mrs. Bush in the stands with the players’ families and friends.
“Meeting the President and singing the National Anthem at the White House are two experiences I’ve never imagined being allowed to have,” said Owens. “Both opportunities were unbelievably exciting, but shaking the hand of President George W. Bush will forever remain one of my favorite memories and greatest honors.”
Earlier this year Owens began her own non-profit venture to meet the needs of disadvantaged children. The Fingerprint Initiative (fingerprintinitiative.org) seeks to bring hope to children through partnerships with other non-profits, with fans and with special events led by founder Ginny Owens.
For more information on “Tee-Ball on the South Lawn” or to see streaming video of Owens’ performance and Sunday’s game, visit www.whitehouse.gov/tball Owens' recently completed work on her fourth studio album, Long Way Home, which releases Oct. 11. For more information on Ginny Owens and Long Way Home, visit www.ginnyowens.com or www.rocketownrecords.com
Grammy Award-winner Michael W. Smith and former Reunion Records A&R chief Don Donahue started Rocketown Records in 1996 with the goal of building a label around a foundation of great songs and a family atmosphere. Since its launch, Rocketown has garnered commercial and critical acclaim with more than 2.5 million units sold, more than two dozen No. 1 songs and more than 60 Dove Award nominations.
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