The Golden Bucket Award: Little League International to Recognize Facebook Helpers
Little League International’s Facebook pages, online for more than a year, have now grown to become “liked” by nearly 50,000 people around the world.
During that time, a handful of Little League volunteers have taken it upon themselves to answer questions, provide helpful suggestions, and help support the overall goals of Little League Baseball and Softball.
“This happens every day in Little Leagues around the world,” Lance Van Auken, Little League International Vice President of Communications, said. “Whether it’s picking up a rake, volunteering to work the concession stand, umpiring a base, or any other of the critical positions in a local league, we have a corps of volunteers that is second to none. That’s why we’re so grateful for the daily assistance many people provide on our Facebook pages, and that’s why we have established a way to recognize them for their help. And we’re doing it with a little humor, too.”
Several months ago, on a weekend night during one of the many hundreds of online “discussions” that have taken place between volunteers and Little League International staff, one Facebook fan noted that it must be the Little League janitor who was posting answers. Since Little League’s Facebook administrators are never named, “The Janitor” has become the nickname for any of the Little League International staff who have posted answers online.
So the “Golden Bucket Award” is to be provided about once a month to one Little League Facebook fan, to symbolically recognize their contributions to the site.
In a little over a year, more than 1,600 of these discussions have taken place on Little League’s main Facebook page. While calling the Regional office or Little League International, or emailing the staff people there, remains an option for receiving advice – it has become apparent that Little League’s Facebook pages are the “go-to” source for more people every day.
To become a fan of Little League’s main Facebook page, go to: http://www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueBaseballAndSoftball
The only known photo of “The Janitor” at work.