The Jackie Robinson West Little League team could make Chicago history.
The South Side team of 11- and 12-year-olds made it to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament in Indianapolis, and if they win, they advance to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.
That would make them the first all-black Chicago Little League team to make it that far in three decades, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The team leaves for Indianapolis on Thursday night for the tournament that lasts through Aug. 9. They came within a game of the World Series last year, and this year, they hope to go all the way.
But they need some help.
"Little League has been gracious to provide hotel rooms and lunch for our players and coaches during their stay in Indianapolis," the team said. "JRW is responsible for the cost of transportation for the team and dinner each day for 13 players and three coaches."
The team plans to rent two vans and provide dinner for the kids each evening.
"We are asking you to make a donation to help defray the expenses of the 11-day trip," the team said.
If they make it to the Little League World Series, all costs associated with the trip will be paid by Little League.