Starting in 2022, Little League International changed the structure of its volunteer award recognition program. Under the new structure, the previous volunteer recognition awards (including Volunteer, Softball Volunteer, Howard and Gail Paster Urban Initiative Volunteer, Challenger Division Volunteer, Good Sport Award, and Mom of the Year) are now honored under a larger “Community Heroes of the Year” recognition that ties to the Little League Community Heroes Program.
Volunteers who are nominated for the Community Heroes program throughout the year now become eligible to be recognized as Community Heroes of the Year at the Little League World Series, with a varying number of individuals earning the honor each year. Under this new structure, recipients of the Community Heroes of the Year award will also be presented with a $1,000 grant to their local league/district as a thank you for their dedicated efforts.
The recipients listed below are the previous winners for each of the individual volunteer recognition awards given prior to the new structure in 2022.