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2006 Little League Awards Program Honorees Recognized During Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 24, 2006) – Annually, Little League Baseball and Softball conducts awards recognition programs that highlight and acknowledge the importance of Little League volunteers, current players and graduates who have made significant contributions toward the promotion of the ideals and goals of Little League.

The 2006 Little League Awards Program was conducted with the support of AIG Insurance as sponsors. Nominations were made by local leagues submitting award recipients directly to Little League International for consideration as national-level honorees. In 2006, award recipients were honored at the Little League Baseball World Series Awards Breakfast at the Genetti Hotel and Convention Center, in Williamsport, Pa. They also were recognized at Howard J. Lamade Stadium during the 60th Little League Baseball World Series ceremonies.
The 2006 Little League Award Program honorees:
• The George and Barbara Bush Little League Parent of the Year Award –
Joyce Guy; mother of Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis
• Good Sport Award - Cory Bowman, Dubuque (Iowa) Little League
• Volunteer of the Year Award - William (Bill) Bryan, Georgetown, (Del.) Little League
• Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award - Mike Flanagan, graduate of South Little League, Manchester, N.H.; executive vice president of operations for MLB’s Baltimore Orioles
• Mom of the Year - Elaina Jurecki, San Ramon (Calif.) American Little League
• Howard and Gail Paster Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award –
Gaither and Rebecca Beard, North Richmond (Va.) Little League
• Challenger Award - Raleen Hockenberry, Scotts Mills, Org. District 9
 
The 2006 Little League Baseball and Softball Awards Program honorees, from left, are: Elaina Jurecki (Mom of the Year); Joyce Guy (Parent of the Year); William Bryan (Volunteer of the Year); Cory Bowman (Good Sport of the Year) and Raleen Hockenberry (Challenger Award). Not pictured are: Gaither and Rebecca Baird (Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year); and Mike Flanagan (Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award).

Mike Flanagan
Distinguished Grad (Bill Shea)

Gaither and Rebecca Beard
Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award