Little League® Congress Award Winners

As part of the Little League® International Congress, the top volunteers and supporters of the Little League program are recognized for their commitment, support, and dedication. Below are the signature awards that are presented during Congress.

Congress Award Winners

  • Peter O’Malley Distinguished Ambassador Award

    The Peter O’Malley Distinguished Ambassador Award recognizes an individual who has made a contribution to the advancement of the Little League program, both domestically and abroad.

    • 1992: Peter O’Malley
    • 1995: George H.W. Bush
    • 1998: Stan Musial
    • 2001: Ed Piszek
    • 2004: Tom Ridge
    • 2007: Eric Hilton
    • 2010: George W. Bush
    • 2014: Jin Roy Ryu
  • Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award

    The Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award recognizes the special efforts of an individual who has embraced the ideals of Little League and, in turn, exemplifies the benefits of children learning life lessons through playing Little League Baseball and Softball.

    • 1958: Arnold White
    • 1960: Perry Winstead
    • 1961: Harris Plaisted
    • 1963: Nick Aromandi
    • 1965: Joe Eckert
    • 1967: Art Mikelsen
    • 1969: Bill Robertson
    • 1971: Faith Colombo
    • 1973: Pat Knight
    • 1975: Ellen & Luckey Porterfield
    • 1978: Y. Hada
    • 1981: H. Taylor Bell
    • 1984: James Whittington
    • 1987: Milton F. Ziehn
    • 1989: Reuben B. Hill
    • 1992: George Berardi
    • 1995: Fred Taylor
    • 1998: Richard Buckelew
    • 2001: Joe Shea
    • 2004: Jake Hardison
    • 2007: Tony Richardson
    • 2010: Paul Flanagan
    • 2014: Maryellen Holden
    • 2018: Dave Wetmore
  • President’s Award

    The President’s Award recognizes an individual for their friendship, assistance, and leadership to the Little League program.

    • 1987: Ted Ferreira
    • 1989: Robert W. Fiondella
    • 1992: Russ Tinsley
    • 1995: Jose “Pepe” Gonzales
    • 1998: Bob Kloss
    • 2001: Mike “Doc” Lantierre
    • 2004: Greg Bzura
    • 2007: Joe Crookham
    • 2010: Paul Gray
    • 2014: Pitch in for Baseball
    • 2018: Gary Kay
  • Chairman’s Award

    The Chairman’s Award recognizes an individual for their contribution and dedicated service to Little League Baseball and Softball.

  • Character, Courage, and Loyalty Award

    The Character, Courage, and Loyalty Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the Little League motto of Character, Courage, and Loyalty.

    • 2014: Bernie Kozen