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Palm Springs, Fla., Little League Baseball® Team Scores $5000 In Home Field Improvements Compliments of Sunkist

Sunkist and Little League Baseball® Reach Local Kids and Promote Better Snacking

June 23, 2005

PALM SPRINGS, FLA. (June 23, 2005) – Residents of Palm Springs, Fla., will be cheering from the grandstands this summer as Sunkist® citrus – the “Official Fresh Snack of Little League Baseball®” – “Freshens Up the Field” for the John Knapp Red Sox. As the official grand prize winners, the Red Sox are bringing home $5000 in home field improvements for the John Knapp Little League, plus a three-month supply of Sunkist citrus.

Committed to promoting better snacking and healthy habits, Sunkist conducted the “Freshen Up the Field” contest to encourage and celebrate active kids. Little Leaguers® were asked to write a brief essay on why their home field was in need of a makeover, as well as to submit a team photo of their “Sunkist Smile” (players smiling with an orange wedge in their mouths). Amidst the growing problems of childhood inactivity and poor health making headlines each day, Sunkist honors this commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Red Sox coaches Wade and Kathy D’Antonio, along with nine-year-old daughter Ashley, submitted the grand-prize winning entry on behalf of their team and league. Their league’s home fields were destroyed last year by two hurricanes and are still in need of new fencing and dugout improvements.

“Our team is so excited and proud to have been selected as the grand prize winners,” said Kathy. “We definitely need these improvements and I know it will encourage our players. Thank you to Sunkist for backing our kids through its support of active families and Little League Baseball.”

“This contest is a grand slam for everyone involved - Sunkist, Little League Baseball and the outstanding athletes,” said Robert Verloop, vice president of marketing of Sunkist Growers, Inc. “We are very proud of our winners and I hope we can all continue to encourage healthy snacking.”

In addition, three first-place teams from Manitou Springs, Colo. (Colorado Springs Little League Rockhounds), Stockton, Calif. (Rio Calaveras Little League Boys & Girls Juniors) and Stanton, Calif. (Stanton Little League Indians), were selected among the dozens of heartfelt entries submitted from across the country. These winners, who detailed their commitment to teamwork, as well as their need for new equipment and repairs, will each bring home $500 worth of sporting equipment and a supply of Sunkist citrus.

Thanks to Sunkist’s ongoing partnership with Little League Baseball®, parents and coaches are reminded how important it is for growing kids to eat right and replenish their bodies with abundant doses of Vitamin C. Just one Sunkist navel orange supplies 130 percent of the recommended daily value (RDV) of Vitamin C. Citrus fruit is also packed with soluble fiber, allowing one orange to satisfy hunger longer than a high-calorie snack like chips or candy. Oranges are a great way for kids to maintain energy inning after inning.

“Little League Baseball appreciates Sunkist’s commitment to improving the health of our youth, as well as the quality of the environment in which our kids play,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball®. “Congratulations to our winners!”

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