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Little League Baseball World Series Earns SportsTravel Award

Little League Baseball World Series Earns SportsTravel Award

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For the second time in the last three years, and fourth time overall, the Little League Baseball World Series has been recognized by SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine, and its readers as one of the top events in the world.

The 2008 Little League Baseball World Series was the winner in the “Best Amateur Sports Event Series or Circuit” category.  The award was presented to Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations for Little League Baseball and Softball, at the recent TEAMS 2009 Conference and Expo held in New Orleans, La.

The 2006 Little League Baseball World Series also captured the same award at the 2007 TEAMS conference as did the World Series in 2002 and 2003.

Events in 11 different categories are nominated and voted upon by readers of the magazine.  To be eligible for this year’s award, events had to occur between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.  Criteria for the nomination and voting include superior organization and attendance at the event, the event provides a superior experience for competitors and spectators, and how the host city and venue enhances the event.

The 2008 Little League Baseball World Series was the 62nd renewal of the annual end-of-summer tournament between the best 11- and 12-year-old youth baseball teams in the world.  The World Series is contested each summer on two fields, Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums, which are part of the Little League International complex in South Williamsport, Pa.

“The Williamsport area, Lamade Stadium, and Volunteer Stadium are special places to be in late August each year,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “We’re delighted the magazine’s readers continue to recognize the Little League Baseball World Series along with the other top sporting events in the world.”

“We are pleased to recognize these superior sporting events,” Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine, said. “Each of the winners is a prime example of achieving excellence in organization and management for both competitors and spectators.  The SportsTravel Awards program is an opportunity for our readers to honor their peers for a job well done.  Our readers are the leaders of the sports-event industry, and they really know what it takes to execute high-quality athletic events. These awards reflect their expert evaluation of what makes events superior.”

Other nominees in the category this year with the Little League Baseball World Series were: 2008 Aflac Iron Girl Event Series, various locations; CASL VisitRaleigh.com National Soccer Series, Raleigh, N.C.; 2009 California Gold Cup Motocross Series, various locations; 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championship Series, Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn.; and 2009 Rock and Roll Marathon Series, various locations.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

2009 SportsTravel Award Winners

Sports Event of the Year
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Boise and Sun Valley, Idaho
Best New Sports Event
2008 National Youth Baseball Championship, Memphis, Tenn.
Best Professional Sports Event Series or Circuit
2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Detroit, Mich. and Pittsburgh. Pa.
Best Professional Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2009 ESPN Winter X Games, Aspen, Colo.
Best Professional Single-Sport Event
Super Bowl XLIII (Pittsburgh vs. Arizona), Tampa, Fla.
Best Collegiate Sports Event Series or Circuit
2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four, Detroit, Mich.
Best Collegiate Multi-Sport Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2009 Collegiate National Finals Rodeo, Casper, Wyo.
Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event
2008 Texas vs. Oklahoma football game, Dallas, Texas
Best Amateur Sports Event Series or Circuit
2008 Little League Baseball World Series, Williamsport, Pa.
Best Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Boise and Sun Valley, Idaho
Best Amateur Single-Sport Event
2009 USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships, Eagle River, Wis.