Chrissy Lisle Recognized as 2009 Little League Mom of the Year
Chrissy Lisle of Apopka, Fla., will be recognized during the Little League Baseball World Series as the 2009 Little League Mom of the Year.
“My mom and dad met playing baseball,” Mrs. Lisle’s son, Reece, wrote when nominating his mother. “They were both seven and my mom was the only girl on the team. That is why our family loves baseball. My mom is a great fan, a great mother, a great team mom, and a great uniform washer.”
As children, Mr. and Mrs Lisle played on the same regular season Little League Baseball team in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Mr. Lisle went on win the Senior League Baseball World Series, playing in the 1984 Series for Altamonte Springs National Little League.
The Little League Mom of the Year Award was established in 1991 as a symbolic form of recognition and tribute to the millions of mothers in communities around the world who contribute their time to the Little League program.
“This year’s Mom of the Year truly represents the majority of Little League Moms,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Growing up with baseball as part of her life, Chrissy Lisle has a special appreciation for the game and what Little League is about. As a parent, she has embraced the role of Little League volunteer by simply enjoying the experience. Serving as a team mom, while supporting her children and husband during this special time in all their lives, has shown her to be an impactful role model. Little League International is pleased to honor her with this special award.”
Mrs. Lisle’s children, Reece (9) and Reid (7), and husband, Ryan, who is the boys’ Little League coach, are members of the Apopka Little League Minor Baseball Division. She is a pre-school teacher and has been a Little League volunteer for four years.
“I had no idea I was even nominated,” Mrs. Lisle said. “When I found out that I was going to be honored as Mom of the Year, it hit home for me, because now I know my kids are paying attention and realize how much work goes into all of this.
“When I asked them about nominating me, they (Reece and Reid) went through a whole list of things they know I do and that verified to me I was doing my job as a mom and team mom,” Mrs. Lisle said. “Still, I’m sure there are many parents who do so much more than I do. It’s amazing how much time Little League volunteers put in.”
Each year, Little League players are invited to compose an essay that explains why their mothers should be the Little League Mom of the Year. From that group, one Little League mother is selected. Mrs. Lisle will receive the award at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., scheduled for Aug. 21-30.
“As a family we instill the values of teamwork,” Mrs. Lisle said. “Little League teaches if you work together as a team you will be successful.”