Two local league volunteers, along with Little League® Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Liz DiLullo Brown, have been named recipients of the 2022 Stack MVP Awards, presented by Sports Connect.
More than 1,600 nominations were submitted across the country for the 2022 Stack MVP awards and a total of 25 MVPs were honored across a series of categories for their impact on sports. Learn more about the Stack MVP Awards, Presented by Sports Connect, and read about all 25 of the recipients here.
Ron Ammons – Umpire, Pleasantville (Iowa) LL – Official of the Year Award
Ron has umpired for Pleasantville (Iowa) Little League for more than 30 years and has not missed a game in that time. He always takes time to explain certain rules to kids and is more than willing to give them advice in between innings if he sees something they could improve upon. After the games he even gets in the handshake lines with the teams and shakes all of their hands.
The Stack MVP Official of the Year Award recognizes officials, umpires, or referees who demonstrate dedication and patience that serve as a model for our game.
Ashley Kiesel – League President, St. Bethlehem LL (Clarksville, Tenn.) – President of the Year Award
A wife to a Fort Campbell Soldier and a mom to seven children, Ashley Kiesel is also the League President of St. Bethlehem Little League in Clarksville, Tennessee. With more than 1,700 players this year, Mrs. Kiesel spends a majority of her time at work and home working on things for Little League. Everyone within the league knows who Mrs. Kiesel is and even had a parking lot there named after her. Every single kid that comes into contact with Mrs. Kiesel will always remember her as she leaves such a large impression on everyone. In addition to serving as League President, Mrs. Kiesel also coaches in several divisions on top of everything else that she does.
The Stack MVP President of the Year Award recognizes those who take up the helm at sports organizations, dedicating their time to lead their programs forward every season.
Liz DiLullo Brown – Little League Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer – Leadership Award
Liz DiLullo Brown has always demonstrated a tremendous passion for sports, from her own collegiate Field Hockey playing days to her current leadership position at Little League International. Ms. DiLullo Brown is a true leader and innovator in her field and someone who exemplifies a high level of excellence in everything she is involved with. She is very well-respected by other leaders within the sports industry and has demonstrated a true commitment for growing baseball and softball participation at the grassroots level. Ms. DiLullo Brown assisted the implementation and development of Little League’s new brand, helped navigate the organization and its local leagues through a challenging time during the pandemic, and executed opportunities to help offer as many children as possible a chance to play baseball and softball.
The Stack MVP Leadership Award recognizes people who have made a positive impact on youth sports and transformed the experience for their organization and within their sport(s).
Sports Connect is the Preferred League Technology Platform Provider of Little League Baseball and Softball and offers a number of technological solutions to help make the administration of the Little League program simpler for local league volunteers. To learn more about Sports Connect, and the opportunities and resources it provides to local leagues, visit LittleLeague.org/Technology.