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William Bryan Named Little League Volunteer of the Year
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 28, 2006) – Williams “Bill” Bryan has been a volunteer in the Georgetown (Del.) Little League since the late 1960s, became a member of the board of directors in the 70s, and to date has served in virtually ever capacity with the exception of manager or coach. For his years of dedicated service, Mr. Bryan will be honored as Little League’s Volunteer of the Year during the 60th Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., this August.
The Little League Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the selfless efforts of nearly one million volunteers at the grass-roots level of the Little League program. Mr. Bryan, 74, has displayed a tireless commitment to the Georgetown Little League by taking on whatever tasks needed to be done.
“I am so happy for Bill, that I feel like I won the award myself,” George Cahill, treasurer for Delaware District 3 Little League and the Senior League Softball World Series, said. “Georgetown Little League would be nothing without Bill Bryan. When I was (Georgetown Little League) president, I relied on him for everything. I always knew he would get the job done, because of his enthusiasm and dedication to the children of the league.”
Mr. Bryan has served as a field and ground maintenance volunteer since joining the league. He has continued to work in that capacity, while also holding various positions on the board of directors, and serving countless hours in the concession stand.
“Bill’s attention to detail, and pride in his work have made the Georgetown Little League fields the envy of many,” Terri Wyatt, secretary for Delaware District 3, said. “His commitment extends to local tournaments and beyond. He has assisted other leagues during district tournaments, volunteered at the Eastern Regionals, and since 2004, our district has hosted the Senior Softball World Series, during which Bill has donated countless hours. He also coordinates our fundraising efforts, be it candy sales or a chicken barbeque, and also established our prison work release program.”
The Little League Volunteer of the Year Award, established in 1989, was designed to provide local leagues an opportunity to honor a deserving individual with this prestigious distinction. This honor is recognized as the most important and visible of the Little League Baseball and Softball award programs.
“Little League volunteers are the lifeblood of the Little League program and give freely of their time without expecting even a ‘thank you’,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Leading by example, and doing so with the only reward being the smiles on the faces of the children speaks to the spirit of volunteerism. Little League salutes Mr. Bryan for his unwavering commitment to the Little League program, its players and volunteers.”
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.