Category: Awards

ALEX ILLES FROM PARKLAND, FLA., NAMED 2015 LITTLE LEAGUE® GOOD SPORT OF THE YEAR

Recovery from a traumatic event is never easy. But when a goal is on the horizon, there is a little more motivation in that battle to get better. For 11-year-old Alex Illes, who was hit by a car just two years ago, his goal was to play again on the Little League® fields at Parkland […]

Fellow volunteers in California District 43 in San Bernardino call Barbara Sky “instrumental” to the Little League Challenger Division®, not only for its district, “but to all kids that have a disability, and just want to play ball.” For her efforts and commitment to the intellectually and physically challenged children of her district, Ms. Sky […]

JAMES BECKUM FROM MILWAUKEE, WIS., NAMED 2015 HOWARD AND GAIL PASTER LITTLE LEAGUE® URBAN INITIATIVE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

James Beckum did not have a background in youth sports, but he knew baseball. In the early 1960s, there were few recreational opportunities for the children of Milwaukee’s inner city. To even use the public ballfields, you needed an adult to reserve them. So, in 1963, some children approached Reverend E.B. Philips for help. Reverend […]

JOHN M. MURTIN FROM BARNESVILLE, PA., NAMED 2015 LITTLE LEAGUE® VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

A lot can change over half a century. In 51 years, Pennsylvania’s Mahanoy City Little League has experienced plenty of changes, but the one constant has been 2015 Little League® Volunteer of the Year Award winner, John M. Murtin. Throughout his busy professional career, Mr. Murtin always made time for Mahanoy City Little League (MCLL). […]

MICHELE MANAHAN FROM NAPA, CALIF., NAMED 2015 LITTLE LEAGUE® MOM OF THE YEAR

In the world of Little League®, having support at home is important to a child’s success and experience. For a Napa (Calif.) Little Leaguer Nicolas Manahan, his mother, Michele, is the model of a supportive Little League parent. Michele Manahan is so supportive that Nicolas nominated her for the 2015 Little League Mom of the […]

In 2014, Little League® Baseball and Softball celebrated its 75th Anniversary, and established the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award, to honor the organization’s founder and the lasting impact that local Little League programs have in communities around the world. This year, Little League is proud to recognize Boardman Community Little League from Boardman, […]

2015 CARL E. STOTZ LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL® SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 10 LYCOMING COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Since 1994, Little League International has honored the memory of its founder through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship. At its annual luncheon on Wednesday, May 20, Little League® recognized the achievement of 10 Lycoming County High School Seniors, awarding a total of $13,000 in scholarship funds. In 22 years, Little League has […]

Little League Honors its 2014 Award Winners at the Little League Baseball® World Series

While the on-field action gets a lot of attention at the Little League Baseball® World Series, it’s the dedication of volunteers around the world that make it possible for all children to have a meaningful Little League experience. On Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, Pa., Little League recognized the local […]

Former Major League Baseball Player, Roy Smalley, Honored With 2014 William A. “Bill” Shea Distinguished Little League® Graduate Award

With a Major League Baseball shortstop as a father and an uncle who also played and a managed in the big leagues, Roy Smalley III was born into baseball. Mr. Smalley used those lessons first learned from his father and uncle and as a Little Leaguer® at Westchester National Little League in Los Angeles, Calif., […]

Honoring the Legacy of Its Founder, Little League® to Recognize South Little League in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Inaugural Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award

When Carl E. Stotz organized the first Little League® season in 1938, he leaned on the Williamsport community for support. On June 6, 1939, the first Little League game was played, and the local businesses and residents played a significant role in the success of that first year. Today, 75 years later, Little League is […]