"I Won’t Cheat" Foundation Offers Essay Contest, Scholarship
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Oct. 14, 2008) – The “I Won’t Cheat” Foundation is again sponsoring an essay contest that will reward the winner, his/her teacher, and school with a cumulative $3,000 scholarship. The topic for the 2008 competition is: “Why does character matter most?”
Dale Murphy, two-time National League Most Valuable Player and a member of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence, founded the I Won’t Cheat! Program.
“Dale Murphy is a Little League graduate who embraced the ideals of Little League as a child and then took those lessons and applied them to this outlook on life,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Little League supports the I Won’t Cheat Foundation’s message, and is pleased to support a program that places a higher value on the health and success of children than on wins and losses.”
Details on the essay contest can be found here:
The contest, open to children in grades 4-12, got under way on Oct. 1 and will conclude on Dec. 31, 2008. Entrants can submit an essay via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail the essay to:
I Won’t Cheat! Contest
165 W. Canyon Crest Rd. #34
Alpine, Utah 84004
Judging the essays will be a six-member panel selected by the I Won’t Cheat Foundation. Each entry will be reviewed, with a winner announced at www.iwontcheat.com on Jan. 16, 2009.
During the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series, all 16 teams wore an “I Won’t Cheat!” patch on their uniforms in conjunction with Little League Baseball and Softball’s support of this initiative. Local Little Leagues will be able to purchase the same patches for their teams beginning with the 2009 season.
The focus of the non-profit foundation is educating children about the importance of not cheating in any aspect of their lives.
“Our mission statement is ‘Injecting Ethics into America’s Future,’ ” Mr. Murphy, a graduate of Tualatin Little League in Portland, Ore. said. “We are having a lot of success helping kids make the commitment to do things the right way.”