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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2007 > Little League Foundation Trustee Eric Hilton To be Honored at Little League International Congress

Little League Foundation Trustee Eric Hilton To be Honored at Little League International Congress

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 2, 2007) – Eric Hilton, a native Texan, former Little League coach, and trustee of the Little League Foundation for more than 30 years, will receive the Peter O’Malley Little League Distinguished Ambassador Award during the Chairman’s Luncheon at the 24th Little League International Congress in Houston.

Mr. O’Malley, former president of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a trustee of the Little League Foundation, will present the Little League Distinguished Ambassador Award to Mr. Hilton. In April 2006, the Eric Hilton Little League Field was dedicated at Wharton Elementary School in Houston, the home of Neartown Little League.

Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer for Little League Baseball and Softball, left, presents Eric Hilton with a token of appreciation for his service to the Little League during the dedication of the Eric Hilton Little League Field at Neartown Little League in Houston.

“Eric Hilton has been a trusted and valued supporter of the Little League program as a local league volunteer and through his work with the Little League Foundation,” Tim Hughes, chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors, said. “Mr. Hilton and his family have displayed unwavering support of the children who play Little League. The city of Houston in particular has been the benefactor of Mr. Hilton’s love of Texas, and Little League through donations made to the Little League Urban Initiative by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. It is with great pride that Little League honors him with this award.”

As part of a $1 million grant to Little League Baseball and Softball, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has pledged $200,000 to each of five new field projects in urban communities throughout the United States. The Wharton Elementary Field was the second Hilton Foundation-sponsored project. The first Hilton Foundation Field was dedicated in April 2005 at Tuley Park in Chicago. The next field projects will be completed in Portland, Ore., and The Bronx, N.Y., later this year.

Upon receiving the Peter O’Malley Little League Distinguished Ambassador Award, Mr. Hilton will join a list of past recipients which includes Mr. O’Malley, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial and the late Ed Piszek, founder of Mrs. Paul’s Kitchens and Little League Foundation trustee, who played a key role in the growth of Little League in Europe.

The Chairman’s Luncheon on Monday, April 16 is the final formal event of the triennial Congress. ESPN personality Karl Ravech will be Master of Ceremonies for the event in the Hilton Americas Grand Ballroom.

Mr. Ravech has been the studio host of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” since 1995, and also appears on “SportsCenter” as an anchor, and has previously hosted “College Hoops 2Night” for ESPN2. During the postseason, he hosts ESPN’s coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series. In 2005, Mr. Ravech visited Little League International in Williamsport, Pa., as Baseball Tonight originated from the Little League Baseball World Series.

More information on the Little League International Congress can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/about/congress.asp