Tyler Prewitt Selected as Little League's 2010 Mom of the Year
The jobs a mother takes on in a Little League family are numerous. Making sure uniforms are clean, driving kids to practices and games and being a supportive fan are just a few of the duties moms across the country assume each summer.
Tyler Prewitt from Lexington, Ky., incorporates each of those duties into her daily regimen along with working and being supportive of her husband, Al, who has coached in the Eastern Little League in Lexington each of the last seven years, including currently serving as coach of the 12-year-old all-star team.
For the many sacrifices Mrs. Prewitt makes for her family and the countless volunteer hours she spends working for the local Little League, she has been selected as Little League Baseball and Softball's Mom of the Year.
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.
"Mrs. Prewitt is an example of a mom who is able to balance the demands of her work and a family, while also finding additional time for the local Little League," Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "In addition to being an enthusiastic supporter of her husband and son, she has shown she is an impactful role model by embracing many different tasks in her local league, at times combining her business to the benefit of the league. She is the type of person that makes Little League the best youth sports organization in the country. Little League International is pleased to honor Mrs. Prewitt with this special award."
The owner of a small promotional advertising company was surprised and grateful to be recognized with the award.
"There are certainly many moms across the world who are deserving of this award," Mrs. Prewitt said. "When I received the call notifying me that I had won the award, I was humbled and excited. To be honored as Mom of the Year by an organization such as Little League is incredible. Accepting a national award of this caliber on behalf of all Little League moms adds even more meaning."
Mrs. Prewitt has served in various roles as a volunteer with the local league including three years as a board member, two years as a player agent and one year as team representative. She also has served on numerous fund raising, opening day and league picnic committees. In addition, she served as the liaison for the Eastern Little League to the Little League International Congress committee as they prepared for that triennial event which was held in Lexington in March. She was later asked to serve as a board member for the Congress host committee and assistant to the District Administrator based on her dedication to the event and Little League.
"Little League has been a major part of our life for a long time," Mrs. Prewitt said. "We've been at our same neighborhood park since rookie league, and we love the fact that we can go to the park, see our neighbors and enjoy the family environment. With my husband coaching, my son playing, and my involvement, we are usually at the park every day. It's a family affair we look forward to each spring when the Little League season is approaching. It's hard to believe that my son is playing his final year. Little League has blessed us with priceless memories that will last a lifetime."
Trey, Mrs. Prewitt's 13-year-old son, has been playing baseball since he was old enough to play Tee Ball with his dad serving as a coach on each of his teams. But, the Morton Middle School eighth-grader recognizes the importance of the role his mom plays both in their family setting, but also in the local league.
"My mom does a lot, both here at home and at the park," Trey said. "She makes sure I'm never late for practice and she never misses one of my games. She's always doing something for the league."
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. Prewitt will receive the award at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., scheduled for Aug. 20-29.
Past Recipients of the Little League Mom of the Year Award
- 1991-Lisa Parker, Anderson (W. Va.) LL
- 1992-Monique Evans, Riverside (Calif.) LL
- 1993-Theresa Wiseman, Louisville (Ky.) LL
- 1994-Donna Dahlen, Hanover (Pa.) LL
- 1995-Dee Brankley, Onancock (Va.) LL
- 1996-Julie Erskine, Storm Lake (Iowa) LL
- 1997-Melissa Teeples, American LL, Sparta, Tenn.
- 1998-Sherry Boyd, North LL, Palatine, Ill.
- 1999-Sheelah Elliott, North Clark LL, Yacolt, Wash.
- 2000-Brenda Hopper, Coventry (R.I.) LL
- 2001-Collette Nellis, Mexico (N.Y.) LL
- 2002-Susan DiPrinzio, Audubon (N.J.) LL
- 2003-Stacy Deibel, Poquoson (Va.) LL
- 2004-Debbie Esenwein, Columbiana (Ohio) Youth LL
- 2005-Alison Payne, York County LL, Yorktown, Va.
- 2006-Elaina Jurecki, American LL, San Ramon, Calif.
- 2007-Michelle Foglia, East Hampton LL, Montauk, N.Y.
- 2008-Abby Contini, Dover (Ohio) Baseball LL
- 2009-Chrissy Lisle, Apopka (Fla.) LL