The Greatness of Little League® Is the Opportunity to Be Part of Something Bigger than Yourself
A Message from Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO
The late Herb Brooks, coach of the “Miracle on Ice” United States hockey team that won the 1980 Olympic gold medal, was famous for saying, “Great moments are born from great opportunities.”
It’s important to mention that the vision for Little League® came from the desire of Founder Carl Stotz to create the opportunity for children in his neighborhood to play baseball like big leaguers of the day.
Our world is a much different place from that of June 6, 1939, when the first Little League game was played in Williamsport, Pa. Through generations and changing times, Little League has become a vehicle for youthful development and an asset to thousands of communities around the world. The opportunity for adults and children, friends and families to share a commonality is why Little League remains impactful today, regardless of country or culture.
When Little League began, the idea of children playing “organized sports” was new. What Mr. Stotz envisioned was revolutionary for the time, yet throughout the decades, people from all walks of life have embraced the responsibility, value and significance of volunteering as a Little League manager or coach.
As we look back on Little League’s Diamond Anniversary season, we are proud to see that the core principles and mission of Little League continue to be displayed during every practice coached and every game managed.
At its foundation, Little League equals opportunity for all who participate, play, and volunteer. Little League is a leadership training program and has more interest in developing the next generation of big league people than big league baseball stars.
Little League symbolizes commitment and camaraderie; and celebrates teamwork and community pride. During this joyous time of year and for the season ahead, I encourage you to look inward and reflect on the opportunities you have been given in your lives. Then, for a moment, consider what it means to give of yourself, and how important it is to guide, teach, and care.
On behalf of the millions of children who will be a part of the Little League experience in 2015, we humbly thank you for your service. This spirit of giving is a testament to the value of the Little League program, and it is the reason why we know many more wonderful memories and successes will come. I send my warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
Stephen D. Keener
President and Chief Executive Officer
Little League® Baseball and Softball