Established in 1980, the George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award has traditionally honored the parents of a Major League Baseball player who were actively involved in their son’s Little League experience. Starting in 2022, this award expanded the criteria to include the parents of any professional athlete and/or notable professional in an effort to honor the many diverse, multi-sport athletes who have gone on to notable careers outside of Major League Baseball.
More than recognition of one set of parents, the Parents of the Year Award is designed to be a symbolic recognition of the millions of parents and guardians who each year respond to the call of parental duty and help provide a wholesome healthy arena for leadership training for the children of their respective communities. This award is limited to only one set of parents in a given year, recognized during either the Little League Baseball® or Little League Softball® World Series each summer, if a qualified candidate is nominated.
The award is named for former President Bush and his wife Barbara, who were volunteers during their children’s early years in Texas, and continued to support Little League throughout their lives. The award is presented during the Little League Baseball World Series held in August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.