Little League Foundation Elects Howard Paster to Succeed Peter O'Malley as President
Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver Elected as Trustee
NEW YORK Howard Paster of Washington, D.C., chief executive officer of Hill and Knowlton Inc., and former director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, was elected president of the Little League Foundation May 7 at the foundations annual meeting. Tom Seaver, a Little League graduate and one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, was elected as a trustee of the foundation.
Mr. Paster follows Peter OMalley of Los Angeles, former president and chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will remain as a trustee of the Little League Foundation. Mr. OMalley led the foundation since 1991, when he succeeded the late William A. Bill Shea as president.
I have been honored to serve as president of the Little League Foundation for more than 10 years, Mr. OMalley said. I am gratified that Howard Paster has assumed the presidency, and I have every confidence that he will provide the leadership that has made him a respected business leader on a worldwide scale.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Hill and Knowlton is a leading international public relations and public affairs firm based in New York, with 65 offices in 35 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. In March, Hill and Knowlton was named Agency of the Year 2001 by The Holmes Report, a leading industry publication.
The projects supported by the Little League Foundation have been vital to Little League for nearly a half-century, Mr. Paster said. I am pleased to assume the leadership of an organization that has done so much good for the children of the world. I also believe the addition of Tom Seaver to the foundation will only help to continue that tradition.
Mr. Seaver, who pitched for 20 years in the Major Leagues and was elected in 1992 by the Baseball Writers Association of America to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with the highest percentage of votes in history (98.84 percent). He played Little League Baseball at the Spartan Little League of Fresno, Calif., and in 1988 became the charter enshrinee to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence. Mr. Seaver also received the William A. Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award in 1989, and has served as chairman of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum board of directors.
I have been proud to support the programs of Little League for many years, because it is so much more than bats and balls, Mr. Seaver said. I look forward to helping to bring the positive benefits of Little League to more children in the U.S. and around the world.
Mr. Paster recently completed the chairmanship of Little Leagues first international capital campaign. A World of Opportunity Little League Baseball Capital Campaign for the Future, was officially launched during the week of the 1999 Little League Baseball World Series. The goal, to raise $20 million to defray the costs of enhancing the Little League movement in several specific areas, was reached at the 2001 Little League Baseball World Series.
The Little League Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt agency established to stabilize and insure Little Leagues future, protect its ideals and extend its benefits. Little League receives no funds nor grants from any federal agency, nor do major industries act as benefactors in supporting, to any extensive degree, the huge costs of operating Little League in all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 other countries.
Some of the projects of Little League supported by the Little League Foundation have included: construction of the Headquarters Building and Howard J. Lamade Stadium (where the Little League World Series is played) in Williamsport. Pa., an initiative to bring baseball to urban youths, an anti-spit tobacco program, a drug and alcohol awareness program, a traffic safety program, the Challenger Division for mentally and physically impaired children, expansion of Little League training programs in other states and countries, and 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 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President John F. Kennedy.
Other trustees of the Little League Foundation include: Barton K. Boyd, Burbank, Calif.; Jane Forbes Clark, New York; Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., New York; Joe P. Crookham, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Peter G. Diamandis, Greenwich, Conn.; Abraham Feinberg, New York; Dr. Creighton J. Hale, Williamsport, Pa., (Senior Vice President); John L. Harrington, Boston; Eric M. Hilton, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Stephen D. Keener, Williamsport, Pa. (Vice President and Secretary); Robert W. Kloss, Philadelphia; Bowie Kuhn, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Dennis Lewin, New York; Edward J. Piszek, Fort Washington, Pa.; Iris Raiford, New York; Jin Roy Ryu, Seoul, Korea; Dr. Louis Sullivan, Atlanta; George F. Will, Washington, D.C.; and Fred Wilpon, Great Neck, N.Y..
Little League Baseball, which offers baseball and softball programs for boys and girls ages 5-18, is the world largest youth sports organization, with approximately 2.8 million players in all 50 states and 103 other countries. About 35 million people have played or volunteered for Little League in its 63-year history.