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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > September-December > Little League Baseball and Softball Recognizes Annual Awards Program Honorees

Little League Baseball and Softball Recognizes Annual Awards Program Honorees

Little League Baseball and Softball Recognizes Annual Awards Program Honorees

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Mike Victorino, along with his son, Mikey, at left, accepts the George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award on the field at Howard J. Lamade Stadium prior to the 65th Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game. Mr. Victorino and his wife, Joycelyn, parents of the Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino, were the 2011 recipients of this annual award that recognizes the parents of a Little League graduate currently playing Major League Baseball.

Each year, Little League International encourages its districts and leagues around the world to nominate individuals deserving of recognition for their commitment to, and impact on, the Little League program. Participation in the Awards Program helps demonstrate the benefits and values of volunteerism, family and sportsmanship. The Little League Awards program recipients are recognized annually at the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

Traveling to Williamsport as honored guests of Little League International, the 2011 Little League Baseball Awards Program recipients were presented with their awards during the annual breakfast held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport, and later were recognized during World Series pre-game ceremonies.

The 2011 Little League Awards Program, supported by Chartis Insurance, honored: Karen Smith (Mom of the Year); Fred Lewers (Volunteer of the Year); Colton Bullard (Good Sport of the Year); and Thomas Taycher (Little League Challenger Award).

Also receiving recognition during the 65th Little League Baseball World Series was Kerry Cobb, who was presented the 2011 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award. Mr. Cobb accepted his honor during the Little League Awards Breakfast.

Mike and Joycelyn Victorino, parents of Philadelphia Phillies’ outfielder Shane Victorino, were recognized as the 2011 George and Barbara Bush Parents of the Year. Mike Victorino and Shane’s brother, Mikey, attended the World Series to accept the award.

The 2011 Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate of the Year recipient was former Major League pitcher Tom Glavine. This year's enshrinee in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence was former Little Leaguer Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis. One of two confirmed Medal of Honor recipients, the enshrinement of Pfc. McGinnis was posthumous. His parents, Tom and Romayne McGinnis, were Little League’s guests at the World Series and accepted the honor on his behalf.

Receiving the Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award were Dave and Don Fowler, head groundskeepers for the World Series fields.

Below are links to the stories about each award recipient.

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During the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series, the annual awards breakfast was held at the Genetti Hotel Ballroom in Williamsport, Pa. At the breakfast, Little League’s Awards Program, supported by Chartis Insurance, honored this year’s recipients. Among those recognized were: Mom of the Year, Karen Smith, second from left; Thomas Taycher (Challenger Award) third from left; Good Sport of the Year, Colton Bullard, fourth from left; Volunteer of the Year Fred Lewers, third from right; and Kerry Cobb, the Howard and Gail Paster Urban Initiative Little League Volunteer of the Year Award winner. Joining the group are Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, far left, Chairman-Elect of the Little league International Board of Directors; and Stephen D. Keener, far right, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.