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Pennsylvania Little Leaguer Earns Stirrat Scholarship
By Little League Baseball and Softball
July 2, 2012
Jason Ardan, an 11-year-old Little Leaguer from Scranton, Pa., has been named the recipient of the Robert H. Stirrat Little League Baseball Camp Scholarship. As the recipient of the scholarship, Ardan earns round-trip transportation and free tuition to the Little League Summer Baseball Camp held in South Williamsport, Pa.
The scholarship is open to all boys and girls of baseball camp age, 10-14. Each child submits an essay of 100 words or less on the benefits of playing Little League baseball or softball. Annually, more than 100 children apply for the Stirrat Scholarship, which has been awarded since 2006.
Ardan plays in the Green Ridge Little League in Scranton, where he is a member of Tim Wagners coached by his father, Todd. He will be a sixth grader at Northeast Middle School this fall.
The scholarship was created in honor of the late Vice President and Director of Public Relations for Little League Baseball and Softball.
Little League Baseball annually holds summer camps in two locations – South Williamsport, and Hillsgrove, Pa. The camp in Hillsgrove was not held this summer after a flood caused considerable damage to the facility last fall.
South Williamsport offers a day camp, in addition to five consecutive weeks of six-day, overnight camps. Campers train, play and are housed in the same facilities used by the 16 Little League teams who play in the Little League Baseball World Series each August.
All aspects of the game, including hitting, pitching, fielding and base running, will be covered by the camp instructors and counselors. A typical day, for the overnight camps, begins at 7 a.m., and includes a full day of baseball and other activities, concluding at 10 p.m. The camp provides the latest training aids, pitching machines, and instructional techniques. All equipment is approved by Little League Baseball to provide maximum safety, permitting the finest instruction. Appealing, well-balanced meals are prepared by trained cafeteria personnel and a fully-stocked canteen offers necessities and souvenir items.
For more information on any of the camps or to download an application/information brochure, visit the Little League web site at: www.LittleLeague.org/learn/about/camps; or by calling (570) 326-1921, extension 2225.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.4 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.