The American Legion World Series (ALWS) was featured last week on a special episode of "Carl White's Life in the Carolinas," an Emmy-nominated television program that airs throughout both Carolinas and profiles interesting people and places in each state.
The ALWS, held annually at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., was showcased on the May 16 episode of the show. During the episode, host Carl White interviews players who participated in the 2014 ALWS, attends the commander's reception event, and visits with some of the hundreds of volunteers who make the ALWS and all of its pageantries possible.
In 2011, Shelby became the official host city for the ALWS. For a week in August, the whole city welcomes players and fans with concerts, events and celebration of the military and America's past time. The ALWS pits eight teams - winners of their respective regions - against each other in tournament pool play, eventually crowning one of them as champion.
During the episode, White made his way through last year's ALWS, partaking in the festivities leading up to the championship game and ultimately covering it - a lopsided win for Brooklawn Post 72 out of Brooklawn, N.J., which was the team's second consecutive ALWS title.
This year, ALWS will welcome eight more teams to Shelby to partake in the 89th meeting of the series. From Aug. 13-16, all eight teams will participate in "pool play" which is streamed live on ESPN3.com - ESPN's Internet streaming channel. On Aug. 17, the two semifinal games will air on the ESPNU channel at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. The championship game will be broadcast on ESPNU on Aug. 18.
The six-day ALWS event will also feature concerts from Thompson Square, country music star Kellie Pickler and Walker County, a family band from Indiana. A 5k race and Little Miss American Legion World Series pageant will be featured, as well.