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Dave Houseknecht Named Chief Financial Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball

David B. Houseknecht

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Dec. 21, 2005) – David B. Houseknecht of Muncy, Pa., will be named chief financial officer of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, effective Jan. 1, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, Little League International’s president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Houseknecht replaces longtime Little League CFO James P. Stopper, who will retire at the end of this year. Several significant projects were recently completed during Mr. Stopper’s tenure, including the construction of Little League Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, the construction of the Little League European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland, and the construction of the Southwestern Region Headquarters in Waco, Texas. Mr. Stopper, who will continue as a member of the Little League International Board of Directors, worked at Little League International for 32 years.

“Jim Stopper has faithfully served Little League in a vital role, and we wish him all the best in his retirement,” Mr. Keener said. “And now we are pleased to welcome to the Little League family a distinguished member of our community in Dave Houseknecht. As Little League moves forward to confront new challenges and opportunities, we look forward to benefiting from Dave’s experience.”

Before coming to Little League, Mr. Houseknecht was senior director of finance and operations for Geisinger Diversified Services, a division of the Geisinger Health System. Over the past 18 years, he served in various capacities with Geisinger, including vice president, associate vice president, account manager, and staff auditor. Before that, he was internal auditor at Marathon Oil Company of Findlay, Ohio. He is a certified public accountant, holds a degree in accounting from Penn State University, and is a graduate of Leadership Lycoming.

“Being a part of the Lycoming County community has given me an appreciation of the Little League program over the years,” Mr. Houseknecht said. “As a federally chartered corporation, Little League has a responsibility to the United States Congress, as well as to its millions of participants and volunteers. As chief financial officer, I welcome the challenge of helping the program achieve even greater success.”

Mr. Houseknecht also is active in the community. He is a life member of the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department, is a forest fire warden with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, and was an umpire in the East Lycoming Little League.

Mr. Houseknecht and his wife Rená have three children: Christopher (age 7), Jarrod (6) and Marissa (3).

Little League, founded in Williamsport in 1939, is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million participants and 1 million volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and scores of other countries.