Wednesday, May 21, 2014


(Left to Right) Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO; Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman; Mark Odorizzi; Crystal Good; and Karen Stotz Myers, Daughter of Little League Founder Carl Stotz; at the 2014 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship Award Luncheon.
South Williamsport, PA - When Carl E. Stotz founded Little League® in 1939, he created a community-based organization to provide a competitive, healthy outlet for children to learn the values of teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship. As Little League celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2014, Little League is again honoring the achievement of 10 students from the greater Williamsport area with the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship.

Beginning in 1993, the Stotz Scholarship recognizes high school seniors from Lycoming County school districts who excel in academics and citizenship. These young men and women exemplify Mr. Stotz’s vision of creating an organization to help shape the lives of children and mold them into productive adults through sports. Since the Little League International Board of Directors established this scholarship program 20 years ago, more than $132,000 has been awarded to 162 students, including this year’s honorees.

The 10 recipients of the Stotz Scholarship, five male and five female, were honored at the annual luncheon held today, May 21, at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa. This year, scholarship recipients received an increased total of $13,000 in scholarship funds, a $5,000 increase over last year’s total award. One male student and one female student each received a $2,500 scholarship, with the eight other finalists receiving $1,000. The scholarships perpetuate the memory of Little League’s founder, recognizing his commitment to the development of youth in Lycoming County.

From the 66 scholarship applicants this year, the recipients of the $2,500 scholarships are Crystal Good from Muncy High School and Mark Odorizzi from Loyalsock High School. Miss Good will be attending Franklin and Marshall University, and Mr. Odorizzi will continue his education at Drexel University. Ms. Good’s sister, Charity, was a 2013 recipient of the Stotz Scholarship, and Mr. Odorizzi’s sisters also received the Stotz Scholarship (Pamela in 2005 and Laura in 2006).

The other eight finalists receiving $1,000 scholarships include: Genevieve Beatty (Williamsport High School), Adam Campbell (Jersey Shore High School), Matthew Heinrich, Jr. (Hughesville High School), Emily Hoffman (Loyalsock High School), Jennifer Jackson (South Williamsport High School), Cameron Ott (Montoursville High School), Matthew Reinhart (Montgomery High School), Serena Sarch (Williamsport High School).

“Since the very inception of Little League, community support and involvement has helped make the organization what it is today,” said Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League. “As Little League celebrates our 75th Anniversary in thousands of communities around the world this year, this scholarship continues to memorialize the inspiring vision of Mr. Stotz to improve the lives of children, especially in his home of Williamsport. We are honored to showcase some of the best and brightest young men and women from our Lycoming County schools and remember the legacy of Carl Stotz.”

In order to be considered for the Stotz Scholarship, a graduating senior must be in the top 25 percent of their class at one of the nine Lycoming County high schools. In addition to academics, the applications are reviewed on merits of good citizenship and whose spirit exemplifies effort, determination and persistence in attaining the goal of higher education. Each interested senior submits two letters of recommendation and an essay on what they hope to achieve through higher education. Applications for the scholarship are generally accepted between December and March.

The group of recipients at the 2014 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship Award Luncheon. (Front Row, Left to Right): Genevieve Beatty (Williamsport High School); Emily Hoffman (Loyalsock High School); Serena Sarch (Williamsport High School); Jennifer Jackson (South Williamsport High School); Crystal Good (Muncy High School). (Back Row, Left to Right): Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO; Matthew Heinrich, Jr. (Hughesville High School); Mark Odorizzi (Loyalsock High School); Adam Campbell (Jersey Shore High School); Cameron Ott (Montoursville High School); Matthew Reinhart (Montgomery High School).