Juggling the busy schedules of a family of six can be challenging. However, Elizabeth (Betsy) Wilson looks at this task as the joy of motherhood. For the commitment to ensuring her children have meaningful Little League® experiences and for her dedicated volunteer work, Little League Baseball and Softball has named Mrs. Wilson the recipient of the 2014 Little League Mom of the Year Award.
Having three sons that play baseball for Orange Little League in Orange, Calif., Mrs. Wilson knew that she and her husband, Pete, would be spending a lot of time at the ballpark. This is one of the reasons she decided to get so involved with Orange Little League becoming the snack bar coordinator, in addition to the head scorekeeper.
After a conversation with the Orange Little League President, Greg Baker, about Little League being more about having fun and enjoying a hot dog at the snack bar instead of winning and losing, Mrs. Wilson decided to become more active in the league.
“I wanted to be a part of that and build that type of community,” said Mrs. Wilson.
Little League takes up a majority of the summer in the Wilson household, having three boys (Elijah, 13; Luke, 12; and John; 7) who all play on different teams. Mrs. Wilson believes the countless hours spent at Orange Little League benefit her entire family, which also includes their 10-year-old daughter, Ruth.
“At the end of the season, after we have had some time to catch up on these things, I can see that the time we spent at the fields was valuable,” said Mrs. Wilson. “It taught my kids in an experiential way what it means to serve others and to sacrifice some of our time by volunteering it to Little League.”
In addition to the time Mrs. Wilson puts in at Orange Little League, her husband is also a coach for their youngest son’s team.
“In the midst of all she does for Little League she cleans my two brothers uniforms plus mine,” wrote 13- year-old Elijah in his nomination letter about his mom. “Not to mention that at the end of every day she has enough dinner for six people. On top of this, she homeschools my other siblings and me.”
Mrs. Wilson is honored to be awarded this year’s Mom of the Year but doesn’t take all of the credit.
“I am also proud of my own boys and girl, who helped me donate this time and who wanted to fill in the nomination forms. This award is for them, as well,” said Mrs. Wilson.
Created in 1991, the Mom of the Year Award has been recognizing the millions of mothers who come together to make Little League a success for everyone involved, making it notably special for their children.
“Mrs. Wilson exemplifies all of the qualities that a Mom of the Year should have; she is charismatic, dedicated and nurturing,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “It is with great honor that Little League International is able to present Ms. Wilson with this award.”
Mrs. Wilson will be recognized at a breakfast and during on-field ceremony at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. The 68th World Series will be played Aug. 14-24. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, August 24 at 3 p.m.
If you know of a deserving Little League mom, the 2015 Little League Mom of the Year Award application will be available in early 2015 at LittleLeague.org.