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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2014 > January-April > Longtime Connecticut Volunteer, Maryellen Holden, Receives Little League Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award

Longtime Connecticut Volunteer, Maryellen Holden, Receives Little League Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award

Longtime Connecticut Volunteer, Maryellen Holden, Receives Little League Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award

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Little League District Administrators are some of the most dedicated, tireless volunteers in the Little League program. At the 26th Little League International Congress, Little League recognized Maryellen Holden, Connecticut District 5 Administrator, with its highest honor, the Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award. This award has been presented at the past 24 Little League International Congresses, and Mrs. Holden is first woman to receive the honor for her dedicated service.

Mrs. Holden has been the District Administrator for the 17 local Little League programs in the Bristol, Conn., metro area, since 2010. Prior to that, she served as Assistant District Administrator for 13 years.

“Maryellen is the perfect example of a dedicated Little League volunteer,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “From her days as a Little League mom and volunteer with Forestville Little League to her service for the district, she is more than deserving of this honor.”

First volunteering in 1988, Mrs. Holden spent time in the concession stand at Forestville Little League in Bristol, Conn, and quickly became aware of how many volunteers are needed to run a league, especially in the softball program. While a member of the local Board of Directors, Maryellen served many roles, predominantly as league Secretary.

Among her many contributions to Little League, Mrs. Holden has been a member of the Little League Baseball and Softball President’s International Advisory Board and currently serves on the Ed Beardsley Challenger Little League Fun Day Committee. She is a member of the Eastern Regional Little League Baseball and Little League Softball Tournament Committees. Last fall, she was recognized for her efforts on a local level as she was inducted into the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame.

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(Left to Right) Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, with the three, "first women" of Congress: Chris McKendry, SportsCenter Anchor and first woman emcee, Maryellen Holden, Connecticut District 5 Administrator and first woman recipient of the Peter J. McGovern Award, and Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, first female Little League International Board of Directors Chairman.

With Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour serving as the first female Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors at a Congress; Mrs. Holden being the first female to win the Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award; and Chris McKendry, a Little League mom and one of the hosts of ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series Tournaments, being the first female emcee of the Chairman’s Banquet, this year was the year of the woman at the International Congress.

“I’m humbled by this honor, and I could not thank Little League more for this recognition,” said Mrs. Holden. “All of my fellow volunteers are here for one reason, the kids. I am honored to work with such a great organization like Little League to provide children an opportunity to play baseball and softball and learn character skills that will last a lifetime.”

Mrs. Holden resides in Bristol, Conn., with her husband of 37 years, Kevin, a volunteer Little League umpire. They have two adult children, Patrick (Little League East Region Assistant Director; Bristol, Conn.) and Eileen (Physical Education Teacher; New Milford, Conn.).