Tuesday, August 6, 2013

West Dallas Little League Volunteer Honored with 2013 Howard and Gail Paster Little League® Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award

Bob McCamey
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (August 5, 2013) – Bob McCamey has been coaching baseball for most of his adult life, but when a friend asked him to help out with the West Dallas Little League, it was a completely new experience.

“West Dallas is a very urban community, and one of the poorest communities in the country,” said Mr. McCamey. “Urban baseball is rough. It doesn’t look like most other baseball programs. Families don’t have the opportunity to buy the best equipment; even things like finding birth certificates and arranging travel to away games are harder.”

Mr. McCamey has volunteered with the West Dallas Little League since the league’s inception in 2006. He has coached, umpired, worked on the fields and is currently the league’s vice president, demonstrating his tireless dedication to the league. For these reasons, he will be honored at the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series as the Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award recipient. The award acknowledges an adult volunteer involved with a Little League® program participating in the Urban Initiative. The recipient has provided a positive Little League experience for the children and adults within a local league’s metropolitan neighborhood or community.

“The Pasters were some of the earliest supporters of the Little League Urban Initiative,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “It’s a great honor that we get to recognize their dedication by presenting this award to Mr. McCamey, who has volunteered his time and energy in creating positive baseball experiences for the Little Leaguers® in West Dallas.”

Mr. Paster, a former political public relations professional, served as the President of the Little League Foundation from 2002 until his death in 2011. In 2005, the Paster’s two children, Tim and Emily, helped Little League create an endowment to recognize their parents’ dedication to the Little League Urban Initiative. Established in 1999, the Urban Initiative provides financial and educational assistance to local leagues in order to give all children, even those in disadvantaged neighborhoods, a chance to play baseball and softball.

“I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had right now just filling in and doing whatever’s needed,” said Mr. McCamey. “Right now, we’re working with our local schools to help develop our Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball Division teams.”

As Mr. McCamey has worked with the Little Leaguers of West Dallas over the years, and he has learned a lot about the challenges that face the many leagues in urban areas that the Little League Urban Initiative strives to develop.

“From language barriers to financial obstacles, there is a lot that goes into organizing a Little League in an urban setting,” said Mr. McCamey. “But these kids are great baseball players and passionate about the game. We need to continue to develop these programs and do it right.”
Mr. McCamey will be recognized at a ceremony during the 67th Little League Baseball World Series, which begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. The Little League Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org.