Fowler Twins, Dave and Don Fowler, Named Recipients of the 2011 W. Howard Hartman Friendship Award
Dave and Don Fowler have been volunteering as members of the grounds crew for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1996. For their numerous hours spent manicuring the fields for the World Series, they have been selected as the recipients of the 2011 W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award.
The twin brothers split the volunteer grounds crews during the World Series, with Don managing the work at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, and Dave supervising the crew at Volunteer Stadium. Typically, the 25-30 volunteers in the grounds crews rotate duties throughout the 11-day World Series event. They normally arrive early in the week prior to the first game of the World Series and stay until the World Championship game has been decided.
The connection with the Little League Baseball World Series developed in 1996 when Don was consulting for Alpine Services, and they contracted with Little League International to rebuild the playing surface at Lamade Stadium. The relationship took root at that point, and since the completion of the project, Don has volunteered along with his twin brother, Dave. Don’s son, Jeff, and grandson, Evan, also are members of the grounds crew.
The Fowler brothers, 74, were born in Reading, Pa., and spent most of their childhood in Danville, Pa. Dave now lives in Knox, Pa. while Don makes his home in McConnellsburg, Pa.
In 2008, Don received the Dick Ericson Award from the SportsTurf Managers Association which is presented annually to a sport turf manager who positively impacts the sports turf industry and exhibits effective team leadership.
The W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award was created in 1988 to honor W. Howard Hartman, one of Little League International’s most generous and loyal friends. The award is presented annually to an individual or organization who has demonstrated a similar relationship with Little League.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.5 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.
Since 1996, Don Fowler, left, and his twin brother Dave Fowler, second from right, have volunteered their time as foremen for the Little League Baseball World Series grounds crews. Each day during the World Series, Don and Dave oversee the maintenance of the playing surfaces at Howard J. Lamade and Little League Volunteer Stadiums. The Fowlers, joined by Don’s wife, Charlotte, second from left; and Dave’s wife, Betsy, middle; and Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive officer for Little League Baseball and Softball, far right; were honored as the 2011 recipients of the W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award. The award is given annually to perpetuate Mr. Hartman’s memory through special recognition of an individual or organization that has demonstrated a similar relationship with Little League Baseball and Softball.