American Legion Baseball is truly a rewarding and fun endeavor for any American Legion post to be involved with. Legion posts and volunteers coordinate each season, culminating with the Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., watched by millions on ESPN3. Nationwide, more than 100,000 young athletes compete for nearly 5,000 American Legion Baseball teams each year. For more information see www.legion.org/baseball .
Young men throughout the country learn firsthand how government works during American Legion Boys State and American Legion Boys Nation. From each Boys State program, two delegates are selected to attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C., where they form a mock federal Senate and meet with top officials in our nation’s capital. For more information see www.legion.org/boysnation .
The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship
Program gives thousands of young people the opportunity to hone their speaking skills and learn about the U.S. Constitution. Competitions held at the local and state levels lead up to the National American Legion High School Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, where top finishers are awarded more than $138,000 in scholarships. For more information see www.legion.org/oratorical .
American Legion posts nationwide sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units and provide thousands of dollars in scholarships. The Legion offers a national scholarship for Eagle Scout of the Year and the Square Knot Award for Legionnaires who work for the Scouting programs in their communities. For more information see www.legion.org/scouting .
The American Legion is the nation’s leading supporter of a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag from desecration. Since a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 1989 defined flag burning as free speech, The American Legion has lobbied alongside members of Congress, the Citizens Flag Alliance and the majority of the American people to return to the states the right to enact flag-protection laws. The Legion is also the nation’s foremost authority on the proper disposal of unserviceable U.S. flags. For more information see www.legion.org/flag .
At the national, state and local levels, The American Legion provides access to dozens of scholarships and education programs. For more information about Legion-affiliated scholarships and application materials, visit www.legion.org/scholarships .
American Legion youth air-rifle teams compete throughout the country for a possible berth in the National Junior Shooting Sports championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., each year. For more information see www.legion.org/shooting .