Little League International Remembers Betty Pulis, Latin America Region Secretary

Through the generations, the endearing commitment of Betty Pulis, and her belief in the mission of the Little League® program has benefited countless numbers of children and families throughout Latin America. Mrs. Pulis passed away on Saturday, October 27. She was 102.

For nearly 60 years, Mrs. Pulis served as the volunteer secretary of Little League in Puerto Rico and throughout the Latin America Region. Along with her late-husband, William, Mrs. Pulis was instrumental in bringing Little League to Puerto Rico, supporting the efforts of Admiral Daniel Gallery. Retiring from her position in 2014, Mrs. Pulis’s unwavering dedication has been recognized with induction into the sports halls of fame for both Puerto Rico and her home city of Mayaguez. She also received the Sport and Fair Play Award from the International Olympic Committee. In February 2016, she celebrated her 100th birthday and was honored by Puerto Rico’s Sports and Recreation Department.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the passing of Betty,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “There are few people who have had a greater impact on the Little League program as Betty, and we will always be grateful for her passion, dedication, and friendship. Our thoughts are with her family, and we will miss her smile.”

“Betty and her husband are responsible for the development and success of the Latin America Region,” said Carlos Pagan, Little League Latin America Region Director. “I owe Betty for my helping my understanding of the Little League program. She will be greatly missed.”

Mrs. Pulis is survived by her two children, Jeannette and William, Jr., as well as numerous family and friends.