Bill Fields Is 2008 Little League Challenger Award Winner
Bill Fields, Assistant District Administrator for the Challenger Division in Arizona District 5, will be recognized for his efforts on behalf of physically and mentally disabled children during the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Mr. Fields serves on the board of the Tucson (Ariz.) Challenger Little League, which serves children in District 5 and 12, and is the largest Challenger program (based on participation) in the Arizona.
“In the early years of our program, Mr. Fields successfully convinced leagues to host Challenger games during the season,” Gene Biernat, president of Tucson Challenger Little League and Arizona District 5 Administrator, said. “Bill advanced as one of our leaders of the program and was appointed as Assistant District Administrator for the Challenger program in 1994.
“Bill instituted many innovative programs to promote and encourage participation and support from the community,” Mr. Biernat said. “He has been quite successful in getting the message out to the community with his simple motto – ‘We are doing this for kids.’”
Started in 1989, the Challenger Division services more than 30,000 children worldwide, ages five to 18. The Little League Challenger Award was established in 1998 and annually acknowledges the efforts of a certain individual who exemplifies the Little League ideal of providing all youngsters an opportunity to play baseball regardless of their ability.