Little League® International mourns the deaths of Cole Little League volunteers Yvonne and Emily Selke. Mrs. Selke and her daughter from Prince William County, Va., along with 148 others passengers were on board the Germanwings jet that crashed (Tuesday, March 24) in the French Alps on a flight from Spain to Germany.
“Emily and her mom were wonderful people,” said Coles Little League President Robyn Horstkamp. “Both volunteered in the Coles Little League snack bar starting when Emily was about 14. They stayed with the league for another four years until Emily left for college. After Yvonne stepped away, Emily continued to come back and volunteer each summer.” Yvonne Selke worked for the Pentagon’s satellite mapping office Booz Allen Hamilton for nearly 23 years. She was in Spain working on a contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
“This is a horrific and tragic loss of life,” said Stephen D. Keener President and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball. “Our deepest, heart-felt sympathies go out to the Selke family, and to all of the members of the Cole Little League during this difficult time.”
Emily Selke graduated summa cum laude in 2010, from Woodbridge Senior High School in Lake Ridge, Va.; and was a 2013 graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia. She majored in music industry in the school’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.
The Selkes are survived by Yvonne’s husband, and Emily father, Robert Selke.