Longtime Little Leaguer James L. Easton® supporter and founder of the Easton Foundations, was named the recipient of the 2022 Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award as part of the 28e Celebration of the International Little League Convention.
First presented at the International Little League Convention in 1992, the Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the advancement of the Little League program, both at home and abroad. foreign. Mr. O’Malley, the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the first recipient of this honor in recognition of his longstanding commitment and service to Little League International. Mr. Easton was presented with the award at his home in Los Angeles by Mr. O’Malley in a virtual conversation with Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO of Little League, in May 2022 and has again was recognized at the President’s Celebration at the Little League International Complex on June 13, 2022.
“It is an honor for me to present this award to Jim as a token of our gratitude for his commitment to the program over the past five decades,” said Mr. Keener. “Jim’s contributions to our organization, along with his dedication and passion for the mission of Little League and all youth sports, have helped us provide memorable experiences for children in communities around the world and teach life lessons through baseball and softball every year.”
Mr. Easton has supported the Little League program for 50 years and has helped the sports equipment industry focus more on the growth and development of youth sports, especially baseball and softball. As a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mr. Easton also helped coordinate the international support and growth of youth sports, including Little League. Through these efforts, Little League International now offers youth baseball and softball in more than 80 countries around the world and continues to showcase these experiences at its seven Little League World Series events each summer.
For over 40 years, Easton Baseball/Softball has also been Little League’s “Official Team Equipment Provider” and each year the organization provides equipment to attendees of Little League Baseball tournaments and of the Softball World Series.
While Mr. Easton sold the Easton Company in 2006, his support of youth sports and the Little League program continued through support from the Easton Foundation Over the past decade, Mr. Easton and the Easton Foundation have committed the funding to help each of the five US Region facilities install new scoreboards and in 2018 helped enable the installation of three new video boards to provide an enhanced experience for fans of the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Past recipients of the Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award:
- 1992: Peter O’Malley
- 1995: George H. W. Bush
- 1998: Stan Musial
- 2001: Ed Piszek
- 2004: Tom Ridge
- 2007: Eric Hilton
- 2010: George W. Bush
- 2014: Jin Roy Ryu
To learn more about the International Little League Congress, visit LittleLeague.org/Congress.