After winning the United States Little League World Series championship, Jackie Robinson West, a team representing Chicago’s Southside, was welcomed home with a celebratory rally on Wednesday (August 27). Native Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was one of the thousands on hand to cheer the kids on, and he was even asked to introduce them on stage.
“It’s not often that we get a chance to learn a lesson in leadership and teamwork; ambition and humility at the same time,” he said of the team of 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, who became the first squad to win the U.S. championship with an all-black team. “You’ve seen them play. It’s seldom that you learn that lesson from the perspective of somebody in their senior — as a father, as a grandmother, as an older brother, as an older sister.”
“Go West! Make some noise,” he shouted.
“It’s almost never you get that chance to view it from a TV, from a living room, on top of a balcony, overlooking a city finally hitting its stride. Chicago make some noise!”