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PROVO — A team from Utah is in the Little League World Series for the first time. The team from Santa Clara made it to the tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The tournament will also feature a Utah sculptor who will be unveiling quite a statue.
Matt Glenn, who owns Big Statues in Provo, has made statues for the Little League World Series and Williamsport since 2014. But this year, with a Utah team participating, it means a lot more to him.
"The thing that people notice the most are the flaws," which is why Glenn said he takes his time with every sculpture.
"Yeah, it's important to make sure you're getting all the anatomy and everything correct," he said. "This piece is going to Canada."
He's done pieces that are displayed all around the world.
But his latest sculpture — which will be a surprise unveiling — just might be one of his most rewarding pieces.
"A ton of pressure, yeah, because we had to work with President Bush's Chief of Staff," Glenn said.
It's of President George Bush and baseball legends Cy Young and Jackie Robinson and will be unveiled during this year's Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, because all three were involved in the Little League World Series.
"It's surreal when I think about it, and the fun thing is I'm a huge baseball fan," Glenn said.
He's done 17 sculptures for the Little League World Series through the years, but part of what makes this year so special is that it's the first time a Utah team will be participating in the tournament.
Easton Oliverson, who plays on the Utah team, fractured his skull after falling out of his bunk bed in Pennsylvania on Monday.
He's become a rallying point for the team, fans and even a sculptor who normally tries to stay neutral.
"Congratulations to that team from Santa Clara. We're excited to be able to go back and be able to watch them play. And prayers are out to Easton. Hoping he's going to have a speedy recovery, and we're rooting for him and his team."
"I think it's OK to cheer for Utah. Yeah, absolutely," Glenn said laughing.
Glenn will be in Pennsylvania for the unveiling. He's also planning on sticking around just to see Utah play.