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Little League International Names Dubuque, Iowa's Cory Bowman Its 2006 Good Sport of the Year

Cory Bowman

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 25, 2006) – The Little League Good Sport Award annually recognizes a Little Leaguer who has demonstrated superior qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, a commitment to teamwork and a desire to excel. Cory Bowman of the Dubuque (Iowa) Little League has exemplified all of those qualities and this August at the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., he will be recognized with receipt of the Little League Good Sport of the Year Award.

“Talent or physical ability have nothing to do with being a good sport,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Cory is one Little Leaguer who has demonstrated the ability to transform adversity into a willingness to lead by example and be a supportive teammate, while having fun. These attributes nurtured through Little League often translate into success later in life, which makes Cory a worthy recipient of this award.”

Cory, 12, is the son of Russ and Dee Dee Bowman and is a six-grader at Roosevelt Middle School. A Little League participant since he was a league-age five-year-old, Cory played the majority of this season’s games at first base and pitcher. This year he recorded his first no-hitter, strikeout 15 batters, despite being born without a left hand.

Mrs. Bowman said that Cory, his father, and his younger brother, Eric (10) all watch the Little League Baseball World Series on television every year. She said it has always been a dream of his to go to Williamsport.

“When Cory found out about this award, he was shocked and a little scared,” Mrs. Bowman said. “Once he settled down, he said, ‘Maybe this year we can win (the Midwest Region) and the whole team can get to the World Series.’”

Mrs. Bowman complimented her husband, who is Cory’s manager, for creating a positive team environment that focuses on having a good time, while stressing the importance of sportsmanship.

“Cory is not a selfish person, and brings a lot of spirit,” Mrs. Bowman said. “He tries to play a lot of positions and is very conscientious about not hurting anyone’s feelings – he just plays a good game and is fair to all the players.”

The Little League Good Sport Award Program was established in 1989 to amplify the importance of Little League Baseball as a leadership training program, utilizing baseball and softball as a vehicle for instilling in children valuable principles, while never figuring in the youngster’s playing ability or personal statistics.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.