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Indiana Little Leaguer Earns Stirrat Scholarship

Indiana Little Leaguer Earns Stirrat Scholarship


Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes, a 12-year-old Little Leaguer from Pittsboro, Ind., has been named the recipient of the Robert H. Stirrat Baseball Camp Scholarship. As the recipient of the scholarship, Hughes earns round-trip transportation and free tuition to the Little League Summer Baseball Camp held in South Williamsport, Pa.

The scholarship is open to all boys and girls of baseball camp age, 9-14. Each child submits an essay of 100 words or less on the benefits of playing Little League baseball or softball. Annually, more than 100 children apply for the Stirrat Scholarship, which has been awarded since 2006.

Hughes plays in the Brownsburg (Ind.) Little League where he is a member of the Dodgers coached by Gustavo Escalante. He recently completed the fifth grade at Brown Elementary School in the Brownsburg School District.

In his essay, Hughes said, “Little League Baseball is more than just a game. It’s taught me leadership skills on and off the field. Beyond the rules of the game, this organization has taught me to respect other people.”

Hughes and one of his classmates took an idea they had and turned it into reality. They worked together to get a baseball field built on part of the playground area at the grade school. They put together a feasibility study of the students, a PowerPoint presentation for the school’s administration, a budget for the project and color drawings of what they envisioned for the field. After raising more than $1,300, and with the help of some donated services, they saw their vision become a reality in mid-April.

In her letter of recommendation on behalf of Hughes, his fifth-grade teacher, Jill Hall, stated, “The field would not have happened if it had not been for the vision of Sam. This is the legacy he will leave Brown Elementary School.  He exemplifies the ideals of Little League Baseball and there could not be anyone more deserving of the scholarship.”

The scholarship was created in honor of the late Vice President and Director of Public Relations for Little League Baseball.

Little League Baseball annually holds summer camps in two locations – South Williamsport, and Hillsgrove, Pa.

South Williamsport is the only location that offers a day camp, in addition to five consecutive weeks of six-day, overnight camps. Campers train, play and are housed in the same facilities used by the 16 Little League teams who play in the Little League Baseball World Series each August.

The Hillsgrove location offers a rural setting surrounded by scenic mountains and is for children ages 9-12. Five sessions are offered at this location beginning July 10.

All aspects of the game, including hitting, pitching, fielding and base running, will be covered by the camp instructors and counselors. A typical day, for the overnight camps, begins at 7 a.m., and includes a full day of baseball and other activities, concluding at 10 p.m. The camp provides the latest training aids, pitching machines, and instructional techniques. All equipment is approved by Little League Baseball to provide maximum safety, permitting the finest instruction. Appealing, well-balanced meals are prepared by trained cafeteria personnel and a fully-stocked canteen offers necessities and souvenir items.

For more information on any of the camps or to download an application/information brochure, visit the Little League web site at: www.LittleLeague.org/learn/about/camps; or by calling (570) 326-1921, extension 225.