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Sam Ranck Assumes Duties of League Development Manager

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 31, 2007) – Sam Ranck has been named League Development Manager for Little League International, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

As League Development Manager, Mr. Ranck joins Dan Velte, Little League International’s director of league development, in the task of coordinating and responding to all inquires from potential new leagues submitted to Little League International, along with evaluating the most effective methods for supporting leagues currently chartered.

“Assuming the responsibilities of league development manager, Sam brings an appreciation of the unique circumstances that come with chartering new leagues and the ability to communicate Little League’s mission to prospective league members,” Mr. Keener said. “Great strides have been made in the area of league development since the department was created in 2004. Sam’s knowledge of the Little League program, and his professional demeanor and respect for the values of the Little League will serve him well in executing his duties. I congratulate him on this appointment.”

Prior to joining the Little League International staff, Mr. Ranck, a 2006 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a degree in business administration and associate degree in business management, was employed by the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum for six years (2001-2007). During his time on the museum staff, he aided in the coordination of special events, while also serving as a researcher and part-time curator.

Mr. Ranck, a native of Williamsport, is a 2002 graduate of South Williamsport (Pa.) High School and resides in South Williamsport.

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.

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