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Team Hosts Play Major Role in Players’ Experience

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 12, 2007) – Team hosts, or “uncles” and “aunts,” as they are commonly called, are dedicated volunteers who play a major role in every player’s Little League World Series experience.

Each team is assigned two team hosts who take on various responsibilities, from arranging uniform fittings, to getting teams to practice sites, to helping in the coordination of the many media activities involving the teams. These volunteers spend every day of the World Series with their assigned team from breakfast well into the night, providing guidance and assistance to the players, coaches and managers.

Many of the team hosts are so well remembered by their charges that they maintain contact for years after the players have gone back home.

The 61st Little League Baseball World Series will be Aug. 17-26.

The host chairman is Nick Cioffi (41 years of service). Craig Weaver, in his ninth year of service, Stan Helt and Frank Missigman (three years), Carol Weinhoffer and Mike Knight (two years), and in his first year, Willy Weber, will serve on a rotating basis.

The 2007 team hosts and there World Series team assignments follow:

Uncle Years of Service Team
Doug Alexander 3 West
Carol Zysset 7
Joe Girio 10 Japan
Lee Miller 7
Mick Cioffi 31 Mexico
Denny Logan 5
Larry Missigman 16 Latin America
George Girio 20
Fred Plankenhorn 42 EMEA
(Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Paul Weaver 38
Edward Weinhoffer 22 Northwest
Thomas Rachael 9
Hess Wertz 9 Southeast
Charles Snyder 9
Walter Zegarski 34 Caribbean
William Castle 19
Ron Frick 5 New England
Van Ransom 3
Dennis Kelley 25 Canada
Dick Reitz 24
Bruce Sechrist 4 Asia-Pacific
Peter M. Lupacchino 15
Marlin Cromley 9 Midwest
Gary Mayers 5
Jim Kriner 5 Mid-Atlantic
Bob Massetti 21
Dennis Loner 9 Southwest
Lynn Datres 7
Gary Weaver 9 Great Lakes
Daniel Ayers 7
John Eastlake 9 Transatlantic
Ron Wagner 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: A high resolution photo of the
2007 Little League Baseball World Series team hosts is available at: