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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, Little League is the hallmark of more than 6,500 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.

Award Winners

  • 2018 - Northeast Los Angeles (Calif.) LL

    Located in Elysian Park, Los Angeles, the Bishop Canyon fields have been home to Northeast Los Angeles Little League for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, over the last 10 years, the land underneath the Bishop Canyon fields has slowly deteriorated and eventually led to the league’s concession stand being shut down by the city, halting the flow of revenue that allows the league to operate each year. Unable to cover its necessary expenses, the league was forced to cancel its 2017 season.

    Fortunately, Northeast Los Angeles Little League League President Sergio Villasenor, who has been with the league since 2000 and served as League President since 2004, was able to fight for his league and work alongside the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Bureau of Engineering, the Department of Sanitation, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a large group of volunteers to successfully revise the complex and bring the league back to its community in just one year. Based on Mr. Villasenor’s persistence and the dedication of his league to the entire Los Angeles community, Little League is proud to present Northeast Los Angeles Little League with the 2018 Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.

  • 2017 - Rowan LL

    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.

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  • 2016 - Michael J. Buczek LL

    There’s an old saying in sports that you play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. But in the Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League in New York City, it’s just the opposite, as the names on the back are that of fallen New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers.

    To recognize the league’s 28-year commitment to both the Washington Heights and greater NYPD communities, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, presented the Buczek Little League, with the third annual Carl E. Stotz Little League® Community Award, including a $5,000 grant, at a special ceremony in New York City at the Michael J. Buczek Ballfield.

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  • 2015 - Boardman Community LL

    Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, Boardman Community Little League has been part of the fabric of society in the township since 1955. From its beginning, the organization was an early adopter of Little League International’s various programs – establishing their Little League Softball® program in 1975, the year after it was introduced. In 1989, the league became the home the Ohio District 2 Challenger Program, the year Little League launched that division for children with physical and intellectual challenges. A team from Boardman Community Little League also won the first-ever Junior League Baseball World Series in 1981.

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  • 2014 - South LL

    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 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, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, presented the inaugural Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award to South Little League of South Williamsport, Pa.

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