In a rare occurrence since the U.S. embargo of Cuba, a Little League team from Vermont and New Hampshire will play baseball in the Caribbean island this summer.
The 14 members of the Connecticut Valley South Little League plan to play at least a dozen games in the Havana area in August.
U.S. travel to Cuba has been restricted since shortly after Fidel Castro took power nearly 50 years ago.
After 20 months and several failed attempts, coach Ted Levin of Thetford says he’s been granted a travel license for the team from the U.S. Treasury Department.
Coach John Carey, a Dartmouth College professor who is a Latin American expert, says the only similar trip by youth players was by a California team in 2000.