Sara Thompson Named Softball Manager for Little League International
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 25, 2008) – Sara Thompson has been named Softball Manager for Little League International, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.
“Nearly 35 years ago, the Little League Softball program was created to give females an opportunity to play,” Mr. Keener said. “Since then, Little League Softball has expanded to service a broad range of children, and now has all four of its World Series Championship games televised by ESPN.
“We think the program is heading in a positive direction and with Sara on board softball players, coaches and managers can be assured that her experience and passion for the sport will provide an informed voice and steady influence,” Mr. Keener said. “We are pleased to welcome Sara to the Little League family.”
Ms. Thompson, a native of Vancouver, Wash., is responsible for activities within the Little League Softball program, which involves working with local leagues to resolve issues, developing and implementing training programs, and operation of the annual “Little League Softball Days.”
A 1998 graduate of Columbia River High School, Ms. Thompson played three seasons of varsity softball and was a member of consecutive Washington state softball championship teams (1996 and 1997). In 1996, Ms. Thompson was selected as a softball All-American by Fastpitch World magazine; and in 1998, Student Sports magazine recognized her as a “Best of the West” scholar athlete. During her senior year, she was captain of the softball and volleyball teams.
To her academic credit, Ms. Thompson attained bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. (2003).
While attending Coastal Carolina, she played softball for three seasons, earning all-conference honors in 2000 and 2001; and was a member of two Big South Conference championship teams (2000 and 2001). Following her freshman and junior seasons, she was invited to attend the U.S. Softball team tryouts.
Worldwide, there are more than 366,000 players, ages 7-18, on nearly 25,000 Little League Softball teams.