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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2005 > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Former Chairman Ted Reich

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Former Chairman Ted Reich

Ted Reich

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Sept. 2, 2005) – Little League International today is saddened by the passing of one of its staunchest supporters, Ted Reich of Jersey Shore, Pa.

“First and foremost, Ted Reich was a great friend of Little League, and was a strong supporter committed to the advancement of the program – particularly in Eastern Europe,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “He will be missed by his family, to whom we offer our thoughts and prayers. But he also will be missed by our community, and by the Little League program for his contributions to it worldwide.”

Mr. Reich was elected chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors at its annual meeting in November 1999 and served the full two-year term at that post.

Upon election, Mr. Reich said: “I am thrilled to be elected to this leadership role in the finest youth sports organization in the world. The Little League program is moving forward boldly with initiatives that will impact millions of children around the world, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Mr. Reich, the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jersey Shore State Bank, was a member of the Little League International Board of Directors from 1991 until his death. Under his stewardship, the Little League Baseball World Series expanded from eight teams to 16 in 2001.

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