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R.I. Police Detective to be Enshrined in Little League Museum Hall of Excellence

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2004) – Nancy dosReis is a 14-year veteran of law enforcement and a detective with the Providence, R.I., police department. But before she proudly wore a badge, she wore the Little League patch and played for the Little League Softball World Series championship team.

A native of North Providence, Mrs. dosReis was a pitcher and left fielder for the 1979 Little League Softball World Series champions from the North Providence West Little League, which defeated Pinecastle Little League of Orlando, Fla., 5-2, in the world championship game. This August, at the 58th Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Mrs. dosReis will be enshrined in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence.

The enshrinement ceremony will take place before the world championship game, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Mrs. dosReis will join college hockey champion and Olympic silver medalist Krissy Wendell, and professional golfer Cathy Gerring as the first women to be so honored.

Mrs. dosReis, 37, whose maiden name is Santopadre, played six years in the Little League program beginning at the age of nine, and played for the World Series winners as a 12-year-old.

“Besides child birth, winning the World Series was the best experience of my life,” said Mrs. dosReis. “Thinking about that time still brings tears to my eyes, and I remember my mom telling me after we won the World Series, ‘if you want to cry, just cry’. North Providence was dominant in Little League softball because of the encouragement from parents, the aura of being a part of all-stars, and everyone being so supportive. Our team loved to practice and our dedication and loyalty was great.”

When her playing days were done, and following graduation from North Providence High School, Mrs. dosReis attended Roger Williams University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Prior to becoming a detective five years ago, Mrs. dosReis was a member of the Providence Police Department’s K-9 unit. It was during that time in 1996 when she made national headlines as the arresting officer in the capture of convicted murderer, Gene Travis.

Acting on a tip, Mrs. dosReis and her canine partner, Barr, apprehended the escapee without incident after a 12-hour manhunt.

Now living in Smithfield, R.I., with her husband Joseph, and their 3-year-old son, Joseph Salvatore, Mrs. dosReis continues to work with the K-9 unit on a part-time basis along with, Ingo, her current canine partner.

When learning of her induction into the Hall of Excellence, Mrs. dosReis said, “It made me feel breathless. I was ecstatic, like a little kid.”

“Nancy has shown herself to be a leader throughout her life and someone who does not shy away from challenges,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “Her appreciation of loyalty, dedication and teamwork makes her a fine addition to the Hall of Excellence.”

Established in 1988, enshrinement in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence is conducted annually for a Little League graduate (or graduates) who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen profession and exemplify the values learned as children in Little League Baseball. Hall of Excellence inductees are selected through a defined voting system by the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Advisory Board.

Mr. McGovern saw the need for a physical structure to tell the story of Little League. To that end, he spearheaded the development of the Little League Museum. Opened during the 1982 Little League World Series, the museum is located on the Little League International complex. It was renamed in Mr. McGovern’s honor upon his retirement in 1983.

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.