Wed, Aug 14 2013 08:03 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Sweetwater Valley Little Leaguer Glen Huggins is going to the 2013 Little League World Series after winning a national contest promoting oral health.
Glen and his father Ben will each receive the opportunity of a lifetime during their trip to Little League International’s hallowed grounds in South Williamsport, Pa.
The National Spit Tobacco Education Program contest, sponsored by Oral Health America, asked entrants to create an original slogan that described the hazards of using tobacco. The winner received a paid trip for two, including airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation, to the LLWS.
It also carried a $500 cash prize for the winner as well as a $500 donation to the winner’s Little League.
Glen entered the contest in May and received notification of his winning entry in early July. He will appear in advertisements and television commercials during the Little League World Series.
“I remember when he entered we brainstormed a few different ideas and he ran them by his older sisters and mother to get their input,” Ben Huggins said. “I then asked him which three slogans he wanted to enter as it was all on him at this point.”
Glen’s winning slogan was “Be a Home Run Hitter, not a Ball Park spitter."
Glen will get to throw out the first pitch at Friday’s opening game between West Region champion Eastlake and Great Lakes champion Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores on national television while wearing his SVLL uniform.
Said Ben: “The first thing he said when we got off the phone was, ‘I hope they let me pitch from the top of the pitching mound and not in front of it.’”
Glen was part of Sweetwater Valley Little League’s winning 8-under Tournament of Champions team this summer.
The family lives in Rolling Hills Ranch right along the border between Sweetwater Valley Little League and Eastlake Little League.
“Glen is a great kid and very humble,” said Roann Gobeil, Sweetwater Valley Little League’s vice president of administration. “It’s such an honor to win this nationwide Little League contest. You always wonder who wins these kinds of things. His family was shocked and very happy to have won.”
Because of the proximity of the two leagues, Gobeil called everyone from the two Little Leagues “one big happy baseball family.”
“All of Sweetwater Valley Little League is rooting for Eastlake,” she said. “In fact, many of us used to play at Eastlake until the boundaries were split in 2006. Both leagues grew too large and we all had to split up but we all keep in touch and it is always fun to come together in support of these great kids as they play baseball every year during all-stars!”
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