Friday, August 19, 2016

Dade City, Fla., Little Leaguer® Laci Carter Named 2016 Little League® Good Sport of the Year Award Winner

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  – Every Little Leaguer® wants to have success on the field. But the truly special players are the ones who go out of their way to help others, even those who aren’t on their team.

Laci Carter of Dade City (Fla.) Little League (DCLL) exemplifies all the best qualities of what Little League® promotes both on and off the field, and because of that she was named the recipient of the 2016 Little League Good Sport of the Year Award. She will be recognized at an on-field ceremony prior to the 8 p.m. game on Friday, Aug. 19 at the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series.

“Laci is a 12-year-old major softball players with an absolute heart of gold,” said Stephanie Polk, League President, in her nomination letter. “Laci has been an advanced and exemplary players since she first stepped on the field at DCLL.”

After starting out as a baseball player, Laci switched to softball and hasn’t looked back since. Parents and coaches from Dade City Little League have commented on the hard work Laci puts into her game. But even more than that, they’ve been amazed at her sportsmanship. Laci is always rallying her teammates, whether the team is winning or losing, and providing encouragement and support.

“Little League is about so much more than on-field success,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “It’s about being a good sport, learning how to work with your teammates, and taking these lessons with you throughout your life. Laci goes above and beyond, and we’re proud to honor her as the 2016 Little League Good Sport of the Year Award recipient, but even prouder to call her a Little Leaguer.”

In addition, Laci works with other Dade City teams in lower divisions to provide support and guidance. This sportsmanship extends to rival teams, whose players Laci is always willing to help.

“She helps out other teams, and she’s done work with the Challenger Division as well,” said Laci’s mother Lori Carter.

Since 1989, the Good Sport Award has recognized a Little Leaguer who has demonstrated superior qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, a commitment to teamwork, and a desire to excel.

“There was a lot of surprise and excitement,” said Mrs. Carter about when Laci found out she was receiving the award.