Five New Members Begin Terms on Little League International Advisory Board
Five people with nearly 100 years of combined experience in the Little League Baseball and Softball program began their terms on the Little League International Advisory Board during the annual fall meeting at the Little League International complex in South Williamsport, Pa.
Irwin Altman, Larry Brown, Travis Ellis, Marty Hoy and Brent Shuff join the 12-member board that provides input, perspective and opinion on current aspects of the Little League program and proposed new initiatives, all for the purpose of maintaining Little League Baseball and Softball as the world’s leader in the youth sports arena.
“It is vital that Little League continue to provide an effective program with a goal that all participants, parents and volunteers have a rewarding and enriching Little League experience,” Mr. Keener said. “The five new members of the Advisory Board have distinct backgrounds at various levels of Little League, and their collective experience will provide educated and informed voices regarding the future direction of the program.”
Mr. Altman, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., has been a Little League volunteer for 18 years. He spent 10 of those years as the president of the North Scottsdale (Ariz.) Little League before serving the last six years as the District Administrator for Arizona District 6. Mr. Altman is the area executive director for a healthcare company.
“I am excited and honored to have been selected to participate on this prestigious board,” Mr. Altman said. “Little League has always allowed me to combine two of my passions – community service and the game of baseball. And, I see the Little League International Advisory Board as just one more opportunity in those realms.”
Each member of the 12-person Little League International Advisory Board serves a three-year term. Joining the board are new members, from left, Marty Hoy, Brent Shuff, Irwin Altman, Larry Brown and Travis Ellis. This group is scheduled to rotate off the board in the spring of 2013.
Mr. Brown, from Odessa, Texas, has been a Little League volunteer for 22 years. For the last 10 years, Mr. Brown has served as the District Administrator for Texas District 3 and was the Assistant District Administrator for seven years prior to that. In 1988, Mr. Brown started his affiliation with Little League as a manager in the Jim Parker Little League in Odessa. Later, he served as vice president and president of the local league. Mr. Brown is a sales manager.
“I consider it an honor to have been recommended for this position,” Mr. Brown said. “I will enthusiastically work toward contributing my time and efforts to performing my responsibilities. My volunteerism with Little League is a passion for me and I enjoy most every moment that I am involved.”
Mr. Ellis, from Summerville, S.C., has 13 years of experience in the Little League program. Mr. Ellis became involved with Little League in the late 1990s volunteering with the Summerville Little League to help wherever needed. The following year he was ask to be on the Board of Directors, and only a few weeks later, was elected League President. In 2005, he was elected the South Carolina District 2 Administrator.
In 2007, Mr. Ellis was selected to be the South Carolina state representative on the Southeastern Region Advisory Board. He is a retired 20-year veteran of the Air Force who works as a civilian at the Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base.
“I was shocked and honored to be selected,” Mr. Ellis said. “This is the kind of forum that helps make Little League the world leader in youth sports.