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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2005 > Mike Mussina Foundation Provides Financial Assistance To Florida Little Leagues Recovering from Hurricanes

Mike Mussina Foundation Provides Financial Assistance To Florida Little Leagues Recovering from Hurricanes

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 21, 2005) – New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, on behalf of the foundation bearing his name, presented a check for $10,000 today to several Little Leagues in Florida that were devastated by last summer’s hurricanes.

The check presentation was made prior to the Yankees spring training game versus the Cleveland Indians at Legends Field in Tampa. On hand to accept were: Stephen D. Keener of Williamsport, Pa. (Little League president and chief executive officer); Bob Gibson of Palm Harbor, Fla. (Florida District 12 administrator and member of the Little League International Board of Directors); Jen Colvin of St. Petersburg, Fla. (Little League Southern Region Director); Fred Lorentsen of Spring Hill, Fla. (Florida District 15 administrator), and John Tucker of Haines City, Fla. (Florida District 4 administrator).

At the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, The Mike Mussina Foundation conducted a ticket raffle in conjunction with The John Deere Worldwide Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division. A portion of the raffle’s proceeds were earmarked for the recovery efforts of several local Little Leagues in Florida, and were combined with the donation from Mr. Mussina’s foundation.

The eight Little Leagues that benefited are: Casselberry Little League, West Hernando Little League in Spring Hill, Dunnellon Little League, Lake Wales Little League, Hardee County Little League in Bowling Green, Conway Little League in Orlando, Pine Castle Little League, and St. Cloud Little League.

“Through the years, Mike has graciously volunteered his time and expertise to the Little League organization,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “This donation helps these leagues rebuild and fosters the healing process. The willingness of the Mussina Foundation to make a financial contribution is another example of the importance Mike places on Little League, and how he respects those who serve this program.”

The Mike Mussina Foundation was started in 2000 by Mr. Mussina, who grew up five miles from Little League International in Montoursville, Pa., and is a member of the Little League International Board of Directors. The foundation advocates healthy lifestyle choices through support of childhood literacy and recreation programs, as well as scholarships.

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.
 

Mike Mussina (far right), ace pitcher for the New York Yankees, stands mid-field at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., after presenting a check for $10,000 to several local Little Leagues in Florida that were hit by hurricanes in 2004. Others in the photo (from left) are: Stephen D. Keener of Williamsport, Pa. (Little League president and chief executive officer); Jen Colvin of St. Petersburg, Fla. (Little League Southern Region Director); John Tucker of Haines City, Fla. (Florida District 4 administrator); Fred Lorentsen of Spring Hill, Fla. (Florida District 15 administrator); and Bob Gibson of Palm Harbor, Fla. (Florida District 12 administrator and member of the Little League International Board of Directors).