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Hawaii team is awarded Jack Losch Sportsmanship award

Little League announced Honolulu Little League as the recipient of the Jack Losch Sportsmanship Award.

Stephen Keener, Little League President and CEO, said showing the level of respect and sportsmanship the Honolulu team brought to the World Series is a remarkable feat.

“From their actions and demeanor on the field, to their respect and appreciation of the volunteers, fellow participants and staff off the field, this team has fully exemplified the spirit that Jack Losch displayed,” Keener said. “We are honored to present this award in his name.”

The Jack Losch Sportsmanship Award was created in 2004 to exemplify the spirit Losch, who played in the first Little League World Series championship, brought to the field.

Losch played center field on the first Little League world championship team in 1947, although he later went on to play football at the University of Miami. Losch set records at college, and was an All-American during his senior year in 1955.

Losch later became the first participant in the World Series to go on to play a professional sport when he signed on with the Green Bay Packers.

Honolulu Little League previously received the award alongside Peachtree City Little League in 2018.

“What has always made the Little League program unique is the high level of sportsmanship displayed at every level of the program, both on and off the field,” Kevin Fountain, director of media relations for Little League, said. “Sportsmanship will always be one of the most important pillars of the Little League program.”

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