Sydney Leroux Dwyer, 2017
Sydney Leroux grew up in British Columbia, Canada, and played baseball for the Whalley Little League team from 1995 to 2004. In 2002, Ms. Leroux, who holds dual citizenship with both the United States and Canada, became the first girl to play for a tournament team in the league where she helped lead her team to a Canada Region championship, nearly earning a trip to the Little League Baseball® World Series. Since switching to soccer full time in high school, Ms. Leroux has been highly successful on the pitch. She was the winner of the Golden Boot and Golden Ball award at the 2008 U20 World Cup in Chile and has the most goals scored in U20 history for Team USA. She joined the USWNT in 2011, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, and the Women’s World Cup in 2015, the team’s first World Cup title since 1999. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Leroux has since become an advocate for equality and is able to use her platform on the USWNT as a way to inspire young girls like her to follow their dreams. Ms. Leroux became the fifth woman enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence and just the second Little Leaguer from Canada to earn the honor.