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Samuel Ranck, Little League Development Manager, Assumes Duties of Little League International Challenger Division Director

Samuel Ranck, Little League Development Manager, Assumes Duties of Little League International Challenger Division Director

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Samuel Ranck, Little League Development and Affiliation Manager, also has assumed the duties of Director of the Little League Challenger Division it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Mr. Ranck, of South Williamsport, Pa., will add to his current responsibilities, the title of Challenger Division Director, a position that oversees the operation of Little League’s division for physically and mentally disabled children.

“Sam has shown an ability to relate to league volunteers, while understanding and appreciating their needs in his role as League Development Manager,” Mr. Keener said. “We expect he will continue in the same manner with the Challenger Division.

“Sam’s capacity to educate, and extend a welcoming hand to communities and neighborhoods inquiring about joining Little League has shown that he has the rapport to promote the program and make it relevant on a broad scale,” Mr. Keener said. “The Challenger Division is a unique component of Little League, and we are confident that Sam’s demeanor and insight gives him the tools to lead this program. 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. 

As League Development Manager, Mr. Ranck is a member of the Little League International Operations Division. He assists Dan Velte, Little League International’s Director of League Development and Affiliation, 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.

“I welcome the opportunity to serve the thousands of physically and mentally disabled children and the adult volunteers who make the Challenger Division such a wonderful part of Little League,” Mr. Ranck said. “It is my intent to continue the outstanding work done by my predecessors, while striving to broaden the exposure and highlight the benefits of chartering, playing and volunteering in the Challenger Division.”

The Challenger Division, which was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball and Softball, enables boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5-18 or the completion of high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

Since its inception, thousands of special needs children have enjoyed the thrill of playing Little League. In 2008, there were nearly 1,900 Challenger Division teams. Each year, more than 100 teams from throughout the United States and other countries attend the Little League World Challenger Jamboree in Norfolk, Va.

Mr. Ranck, a native of Williamsport, is a 2002 graduate of South Williamsport High School.