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Little League Announces Elaina Jurecki as its 2006 Mom of the Year

Elaina Jurecki

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 28, 2006) – In six years as a Little League volunteer with the San Ramon (Calif.) American Little League, Elaina Jurecki has served as player agent and safety officer, coached and managed in the league’s baseball program, and this year is the league vice president. For her efforts and commitment to the Little Leaguers in her local league, Mrs. Jurecki has been selected as the 2006 Little League Mom of the Year.

“It’s really satisfying to be a part of a well-run league, and see kids want to stay involved in baseball,” Mrs. Jurecki, a nutritionist and native of Colombia, said. “San Ramon Little League has close to 500 kids playing and it’s nice that we have a league that creates an opportunity to go out and play, while doing a good job making it fun.”

The Little League Mom of the Year Award was established in 1991 as a symbolic form of recognition and tribute to the millions of mothers in communities around the world who contribute their time to the Little League program.

“This year’s mom of the year is similar to many Little League moms, in that she is there for her children, and tirelessly supports her local league, whether coaching or organizing a fund-raiser,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “What separates Mrs. Jurecki is the ability to continuously set a positive example for those around her regardless of the role or responsibility. Mrs. Jurecki’s children, Andrew and Jake, are proud of their mother, as are the volunteers of San Ramon National Little League, and Little League International is pleased to honor her with this special award.”

Each year Little Leaguers compose an essay that explains why their mothers should be the Little League Mom of the Year. From that group, one Little League mother is selected. Nominated by her son, Andrew, Mrs. Jurecki will receive the award at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., scheduled for Aug. 18-27.

“During the season my mom is my coach, and can always be heard during the game,” Andrew Jurecki said. “She even roots for the other team if they’re losing.”

Andrew said his mother taught him to hit and pitch, and be a good sport, while still finding time to serve with the local Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

“I’ve always been their mom first and coach second and they know that,” Mrs. Jurecki, who will be traveling to the World Series with her husband, Steve, and their two sons, said. “I like to coach, but not manage, because I already have so much to do with the league.”

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.