Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Thomas Tull, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Tulco, to be Enshrined into Little League® Hall of Excellence

Thomas Tull - 2018 Little League Hall of Excellence
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 31, 2018) – Just two years after watching the Little League® he once played for capture the Little League Baseball® World Series Championship title, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Tulco and 2016 Maine-Endwell Little League sponsor, Thomas Tull, will be returning to Williamsport this summer to receive Little League’s highest honor, enshrinement into the Little League Hall of Excellence.

Graduate and Sponsor of 2016 LLBWS Champion Maine-Endwell Little League to receive Little League® Baseball and Softball’s highest honor.

“Thomas exemplifies all that it means to be a member of the Little League Hall of Excellence and we are honored to welcome him back to Williamsport to receive this prestigious honor,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “Through his professional success, generosity to causes he serves, and his passion and dedication to the Little League organization, Thomas serves as a role model for aspiring Little Leaguers in communities all throughout the world.”

Mr. Tull serves on the MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards of the Motion Picture Television Fund, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the National Football Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Players Tribune. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School and part of the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers ownership group, where he also holds a board seat. Prior to his work with Tulco, Mr. Tull served as the Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Legendary Entertainment where produced and executive produced more than 40 films that together have realized grosses of more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office including Godzilla, Pacific Rim, 42, the Dark Knight trilogy, 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire, The Town, Inception, and Clash of the Titans.

“Receiving this honor and joining a distinguished group in the Little League Hall of Excellence is greater than anything I could have dreamed of as a kid growing up on a baseball field in Endwell, New York,” added Mr. Tull. “Before any of my business endeavors, baseball was one of my true passions and still is today. I’m extraordinarily grateful for what baseball has provided me by instilling a true sense of team work and community throughout my life. Little League Baseball is a wonderful experience for kids all over the world and I'm proud to support it.”

With his enshrinement ceremony set to take place prior to the 2018 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game, scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, Mr. Tull becomes the 57thmember of the Little League Hall of Excellence, joining Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred as a 2018 enshrinee.

About the Little League® Hall of Excellence
Enshrinement into the Little League Hall of Excellence is the highest honor that Little League can bestow. To be considered for the Little League Hall of Excellence, a candidate must meet BOTH of these conditions: 1. He or she must have played in a chartered local Little League, and; 2. He or she must have become a recognized role model as an adult.

Being a role model does not necessarily mean being famous (like President George W. Bush, actor Kevin Costner, or singer Bruce Springsteen). Rather, the person must have, as an adult, set an example for children by their actions (like Medal of Honor recipient Spec. Ross McGinnis, Principal of the Year Michael Pladus, or Firefighter Michael Cammarata).

About Little League®
Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including public officials, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, and follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague).