Wickford Little League held its Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, September 12th. The banquet was held at Quonset’s “O” Club, just passed the North Kingstown Golf Course. Player, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, and family members gathered to honor the many, many great things that make Wickford Little League a Rhode Island tradition for over 50 years. President Arnie Sarazen presided over the event as emcee. Raffles from sponsors as well as other prizes were available during the night, with some great prizes being handed out. Dinner was delicious, the mood was festive, and the Wickford Little League community was in great spirits.
Awards and special recognition prizes were handed out during the 2 hour ceremony. The Ed Cooney Award is awarded every year and is given to one player from each major division and AAA team. It is awarded to the player that displays great sportsmanship and fair play throughout the year. WLL puts tremendous emphasis on this award as the league tries to promote fair play, fun and sportsmanship over wins and losses. The Paul J. Dignan Memorial Leadership Award is given to one player from the major division: “In recognition of young leaders who show a zest for life and lift the spirits of all whom they touch.” Every year, the home run champion is recognized. Also honored are the 10, 11, 12 year old District All Star teams, Urwin Friendship All Star team. (9 – 10 year olds), St Greg’s Friendship team (7 – 8 year olds), Major champs, and the AAA champs.
Here is the breakdown of the awards given out for the 2016 Wickford Little League season:
Ed Cooney Award winners: