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 established the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.
The Carl E. Stotz Little League Community of the Year Award is focused on honoring a league that creates a player-centric culture and is aligned with the goals of the Little League International Strategic Plan. Eligible leagues will carry some, if not all, of the following traits: inclusive, diverse, softball/female participation, high-quality experience, meets the needs of underserved communities, removes barriers of entry, etc. The recipient league earning this award will also be presented with a $5,000 grant to support their efforts.