>Dorothy Foster Named Little League Volunteer of the Year
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 9, 2005) – Dorothy Foster was the founding “mother” of Lionsville (Pa.) Little League in 1970, and for the past 35 years has donated more than 70 hours per week to the local league, which includes cutting the grass on the league’s seven-field complex three times a week. For her years of dedicated service, Mrs. Foster will be honored as Little League’s Volunteer of the Year during the 59th 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. Mrs. Foster, 71, has displayed a tireless commitment to the Lionsville Little League through her work to establish and grow the league by taking up whatever tasks needed to be done.
“Dorothy is no normal Little League volunteer, or mother,” Bill LaBarge, vice president of Lionsville Little League, said. “She has been involved since the league was chartered in 1970 with a few teams and one field. Now, we have 50 teams and seven fields, serving more than 650 Little Leaguers, and as our league president would testify, ‘our jobs would be far more pain-staking had Dorothy not been involved.’”
Mrs. Foster is credited with first proposing the community of Lionsville charter with Little League. She helped organize the first season, and in her many years of volunteer service is responsible for, among other things, recruiting local farmers and businesses to donate their time and equipment to physically transform more than 21 acres into the league’s field facility at Lionsville Park. She was instrumental in organizing the league’s junior, senior and big league divisions, and oversees concessions and field maintenance.
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.
“Believing in something so strongly that others are convinced to get involved is what Dorothy Foster has done for Little League in Lionsville,” 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 Mrs. Foster for her 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.