City shows love for Little League heroes

Published 08/27 2014 04:22PM

Updated 09/03 2014 09:59AM

Update: 10:34 pm, 9/2/14, Tuesday
CHICAGO -- Chicago's little leaguers not only won the United State's Championship, the won hearts across America. The story continues. One of the players, 12-year old Jaheim Benton and his family are homeless. The family was forced to split up and have stayed with friends since June. The owner of a local funeral home heard about the situation. He came through in the clutch and offered to pay the family's rent for an entire year. The Benton family is now all "safe at home."
Original: 5:30, 8/27/14, Wednesday
CHICAGO -- The Little League baseball players who captured the hearts of the nation stopped traffic in Chicago for a day of celebration. CBS News Correspondent Adriana Diaz shows us, thousands turned out to cheer for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.

These young players got a hero's welcome in their native Chicago as the U.S. champs of the Little League World Series.

Darion Radcliff plays left field.

"I feel like a superstar. I feel famous."

They signed autographs with magic marker, took pictures with fans, even got to hold the White Sox's 2005 World Series trophy during the parade in their honor.

Though the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars lost the World Little League title to South Korea, they're the first all-African-American team from Chicago to play in the tournament in 31 years. Crowds came out to greet their hometown heroes.

Residents here say the players gave them something to cheer about in a community grappling with gun violence and poverty.

"They're painting a picture through efforts, concentration, education, that you can be great."

"I hope it's a wake-up to all the violence in Chicago."

While the players, like Darion, clearly enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, they know they soon have to trade in their bats for their books.

"Grades come first, homework comes first."

But, they return as the middle-schoolers who hit a home run for their city. A separate parade was held in Philadelphia to celebrate the Taney Dragons whose star pitcher became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series.

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