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, Little League is the hallmark of more than 7,000 communities around the world. To recognize the importance of local Little League programs to the fabric of society in their hometowns, Little League has created the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.
Located nearly halfway between Charlotte, N.C., and Greensboro, N.C., the city of Salisbury, N.C., has been the home of Rowan Little League since 1988. Over three decades, the league has become part of the fabric of the Salisbury community, with outstanding volunteer service and recently becoming hosts of the Junior League and Senior League Softball Southeast Regional Tournaments. Recognizing the important role that Rowan Little League plays in the community, Little League International has selected Rowan Little League as the recipients of the 2017 Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.