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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2004 > Little League International Names Its 2004 Good Sport of the Year Award Winner

Little League International Names Its 2004 Good Sport of the Year Award Winner

Aaron Willis

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 17, 2004) – The Little League Good Sport Award annually recognizes a Little Leaguer who has demonstrated superior qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, a commitment to teamwork and a desire to excel. Aaron Willis, 11, of Westside Little League in Santa Rosa, Calif. has exemplified all of those qualities and this August at the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., he will be recognized with receipt of the Little League Good Sport of the Year Award.

Aaron is the son of Stan and Lori Willis and is a fifth-grader at Rincon Valley Christian School. He played catcher in his first season on the Westside A’s team.

“I have managed a team at Westside Little League the past 31 years and of all the players that have played for me, Aaron Willis has showed me sportsmanship at its best,” said Westside A’s Little League coach John Perry. “Aaron Willis is what is good about Little League and what sportsmanship is about.”

The Little League Good Sport Award Program was established in 1989 to amplify the importance of Little League Baseball as a leadership training program, utilizing baseball and softball as a vehicle for instilling in children valuable principles, while never figuring in the youngster’s playing ability or personal statistics.

“To Aaron Willis, Little League is more than what goes on between the lines during a game or playing All-Stars,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “Aaron’s willingness to help other players, the respect he shows for coaches and umpires, and his excellent enthusiasm make him a fun teammate, and makes the games more fun for the parents, and league volunteers who know him.”

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.