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Joe Crookham, President of Musco Sports Lighting, Honored at Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 25, 2007) – The Little League President’s Award was presented to Joe Crookham, president of Musco Sports Lighting and a member of the Little League Foundation, during the annual A Safety Awareness Plan (ASAP) breakfast held Saturday at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

The President’s Award is typically presented every three years at the triennial Little League International Congress. Mr. Crookham, one of the creators of Little League’s ASAP (A Safety Awareness Plan) program, was unable to attend the 24th Congress held earlier this year in Houston, Texas. First presented in 1987, the President’s Award recipient is chosen by the president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

“Joe helped to develop the ASAP program, and continues to be a significant supporter and safety advocate for children playing Little League,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “With Joe’s guidance and leadership, Little League has established a program that is unparalleled in its attention to the health and safety of its participants. The involvement of Musco as a corporate partner, coupled with Joe’s personal support and appreciation for the Little League program, makes him a worthy recipient of this award.”

Started in 1995, ASAP encourages Little League volunteers to submit details of successful safety programs that have been adopted in their league for publication nationwide. The program enables local leagues to share concepts and methods of addressing safety issues, providing possible solutions to safety concerns. Since the inception of the ASAP program, the number of injuries reported has been reduced by 76 percent.

A native of Oskaloosa, and graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Crookham has been a trustee of the Little League Foundation since 1997. He also chairs several boards, and is a board member of the National Park Foundation and National Recreation and Park Association.

Since 1976, Musco Sports Lighting has specialized in the design and manufacture of systems for lighting recreation and athletic fields, including Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums at Little League International. Headquartered in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Musco has offices in several locations throughout the U.S., and abroad. It is recognized as a world-class leader in sports lighting.

Past recipients of the President’s Award include: Ted Ferreira (1987); Robert W. Fiondella (1989); Russ Tinsley (1992); Jose Gonzales (1995); Bob Kloss (1998): Mike Lantierre (2001); and Greg Bzura (2004).

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.

 

Joe Crookham, left, president of Musco Sports Lighting and a member of the Little League Foundation, received the Little League President's Award from Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, during the 2007 A Safety Awareness Plan (ASAP) awards breakfast held on Aug. 25 at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.