Small-town atmosphere in a big city. That’s how members of the community view the culture and tradition that has been created around the local fields of the Arlington (Texas) Southwest Little League complex. For their dedication to the community, their commitment to the players and volunteers in their program, and the values displayed each and every day, Little League® International is honored to name Arlington Southwest Little League the recipient of the 2019 Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.
“Local Little League programs are designed to focus on creating an inclusive and welcoming opportunity for young boys and girls throughout the community to get involved with the game of baseball and softball,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “Arlington Southwest Little League exemplifies the true spirit of the Little League program and the commitment to making every child’s Little League experience truly special. For that, we are honored to present this award to the league as they continue to live out the legacy that Little League’s founder, Carl E. Stotz, established 80 years ago.”
Whether it’s the excitement of playing the game on the field or the memories being created with friends and family throughout the complex, everyone who visits Arlington Southwest Little League is welcomed with bright smiles, friendly faces, and a welcoming voice from one of the many dedicated volunteers and parents.
One of the most unique pieces that sets Arlington Southwest Little League apart is the fact that every item sold in the concession stand is available for $1. From hot dogs to drinks and everything in between, no item will cost its visitors more than $1
“Little League is the fabric of America. It will never be about championships or banners, but rather bringing friends and community together for a common goal – teaching life lessons while using baseball as a vehicle,” said Brett Smith, Arlington Southwest Little League President. “This league will always be so much more than just baseball, and we are honored to be able to accept this award.”
As explained on the league’s website, “The concession stand serves the members of the league as a convenience only. It was never intended to be a money maker or replace fundraising.”
Working with the City of Arlington, the volunteers at Arlington Southwest Little League are dedicated to providing a family-friendly environment and experience to everyone who comes out to the complex each and every day.
“As District Administrator, I deserve no credit or recognition for this, but as a member of the Arlington Southwest Little League umpire organization, I could not be more proud of this league for receiving this honor.” said Tom Leferink, Texas District 7 Administrator.
With the honor, Arlington Southwest Little League becomes the first league from the Southwest Region to earn the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.
Named in honor of the founder of Little League, the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award was created in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of Little League in 2014. The award is presented annually to a local Little League program that has worked with their community to create a lasting impact and positive environment for the families and children in their hometown.