Little League® Volunteer Shannon Argetsinger Honored by U.S. State Department
Shannon Argetsinger, a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and League President of the Hong Kong Little League (HKLL), was recently recognized for his volunteer efforts, as he received the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA).
Mr. Argetsinger and the HKLL Board of Directors oversee approximately 500 Little Leaguers®, 33 teams, 300 adult volunteers, and a robust game schedule that begins in August and ends in March. In addition to managing a team during the regular season, Mr. Argetsinger has also served as the Manager for the HKLL Asia-Pacific Region Tournament team the past two seasons.
Assigned to the United States Consulate in Hong Kong as a DEA Special Agent, Mr. Argetsinger has been a Little League® volunteer for six years, serving as League President since 2012. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Heather Higginbottom, presented the SOSA award to Mr. Argetsinger. During public remarks it was acknowledged that the selection committee was very impressed with Mr. Argetsinger’s nomination and thought his volunteer work with Little League spoke volumes about the spirit of volunteerism.
During his tenure within HKLL, Mr. Argetsinger has served as a role model for Little League’s values of courage, loyalty, and character, while building an inclusive, fair, safe environment for all HKLL participants. Under his guidance and leadership, the league has created standardized policies and procedures that have increased player and volunteer participation. He has used baseball as a vehicle to share American culture with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese players and their families, while instilling a sense of understanding and acceptance among these diverse ethnic and cultural communities.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA). The SOSA award was created in 1990 with the direct support and encouragement of then Secretary of State James Baker and his wife, Susan. The award program recognizes the volunteer efforts of Foreign Service members and their families while stationed abroad. The Bakers asked the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) to administer the award.