Anaheim Angels Owner Arte Moreno Nominated for Election to Little League Foundation
Now, Little Leaguers worldwide can say he’s a friend.
Mr. Moreno, owner of the Anaheim Angels, has been nominated for election to the Little League Foundation Board of Trustees, it was announced today by Howard Paster, president of the foundation. The election will take place in the spring of 2005.
“We’re pleased that Arte Moreno has accepted this nomination,” Mr. Paster said. “As a Major League Baseball team owner, he brings a breadth of knowledge to the Little League Foundation. Equally important, Mr. Moreno also is a dedicated family man who volunteers much of his time to the community, and that makes him a perfect choice as a trustee of the Little League Foundation. He has taken the time to coach his sons’ Little League teams in Phoenix, giving him a grass-roots understanding of our program, and the support he and his wife Carole have given to their community has been outstanding.”
A non-profit, tax-exempt agency chartered in 1955, the mission of the Little League Foundation is to guide the long-range direction of Little League Baseball and Softball, and to insure the future financial stability of the Little League movement. The Little League Foundation helps to offset the annual costs of operating Little League in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 other countries for more than 2.7 million participants.
“This nomination from the Little League Foundation is a great honor,” said Mr. Moreno. “I live my life around dreams and one of those is that all kids have the opportunity to play the great game of baseball. I’m very excited to participate and work with the dedicated people involved with Little League Baseball. I’m very pleased to be associated with a group that shares in my dream of children playing baseball, not only across our country, but throughout the world.”
Mr. Moreno grew up working in his parents’ print shop in Tucson, Ariz., where they published a Spanish-language newspaper. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, then returned to earn a degree in marketing from the University of Arizona. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Mr. Moreno transformed a small business into the largest outdoor advertising company in North America.
Mr. Moreno was part of a group that owned the Class A Salt Lake Trappers of the Pioneer League in the 1980s, and he later was an original minority investor in the Arizona Diamondbacks. On May 21, 2003, he became the third team owner in the history of the Angels, and the first Hispanic to own a Major League Baseball franchise. He quickly endeared himself to fans, frequently touring the stadium to speak with parents and children about their experience at the ballpark. Mr. and Mrs. Moreno established the Moreno Family Foundation, supporting non-profit organizations focusing on youth and education.
Mr. Paster is executive vice president, public relations/public affairs, at WPP Group, and was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Hill & Knowlton, Inc. He joined the WPP parent company in August 2002, overseeing WPP’s portfolio of public relations and public affairs businesses. Prior to joining Hill & Knowlton, he served as assistant to President Bill Clinton and director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He is a member of the board of trustees of Tuskegee University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Other foundation officers are Dr. Creighton J. Hale of Williamsport, Pa. (senior vice president), and Stephen D. Keener of Williamsport (vice president/secretary).
Current trustees of the Little League Foundation also include: Jane Forbes Clark, New York City; Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., New York City; Joe P. Crookham, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Peter G. Diamandis, Greenwich, Conn.; Eric M. Hilton, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Bowie Kuhn, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Dennis Lewin, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; Peter O’Malley, Los Angeles; Iris Raiford, New York City; Jin Roy Ryu, Seoul, Korea; Tom Seaver, Calistoga, Calif.; Dr. Louis Sullivan, Atlanta; George F. Will, Washington, D.C.; and Fred Wilpon, Great Neck, N.Y.
Some past trustees of the Little League Foundation are Bob Hope, Walt Disney, Walter O’Malley, William A. “Bill” Shea, and Jack Kent Cooke.
Projects of Little League supported by the Little League Foundation have included: construction of facilities at Little League International (where the Little League World Series is played) in Williamsport, an initiative to bring baseball to inner-city youths, an anti-spit tobacco program, a drug and alcohol awareness program, a traffic safety program, the Challenger Division for mentally and physically disabled children, expansion of Little League training programs in other states and countries, and safety research.
The Little League Foundation employs no outside fund-raising agencies and limits its drive to an annual appeal during the second week of June, in which Flag Day occurs. This week was designated National Little League Baseball Week by Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.