The past year and half has been one of the most challenging and unprecedented experiences in our world’s history, but in the face of adversity, Little League® volunteers from around the world have stepped up to the plate and given their community a sense of hope and strength during these trying times.
“We know how difficult the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been on our leagues, communities, and players, but we are continually impressed by the leadership and strength that our Little League volunteers, our true Community Heroes, have shown us during these most difficult times,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “On behalf of everyone at Little League International, and the millions of Little Leaguers around the world, we want to say thank you to the amazing volunteers who have helped us push through this pandemic and bring our children back out onto the field.”
Since the peak of the pandemic, Little League International has recognized those individuals who have displayed their courage and strength in support of not only their local league, but their entire community. From health care workers, such as Laura Peterson who was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, to former Little League Baseball® Region Tournament participants like Ethan Strikowski, who launched an initiative to raise funds to provide frontline healthcare workers with food during the pandemic, every community has seen a Community Hero who has helped their friends, families, and neighbors fight through this pandemic.
During this time, Little League International has recognized more than 50 Community Heroes on its social media channels (@LittleLeague) and website (LittleLeague.org/CommunityHeroes), and will continue to honor its dedicated volunteers heading into the 75th Little League Baseball World Series in 2022.
Since 2020, we’ve seen our dedicated and selfless volunteers battling on the front lines as first responders, teachers, store owners, and more, all while continuing to make a memorable experience for their community on the Little League field. From firefighters who take time to drive the fire truck in your Opening Ceremonies to the dedicated teacher or school principal who spends time volunteering in your concession stand each summer, every Little League program has a community hero who helps to inspire Little Leaguers® and rally the community together, and it’s up to you to help tell their story.
If you know of a volunteer who should be recognized as a Little League Community Hero, please visit LittleLeague.org/CommunityHeroes and submit a nomination.