Karen Smith of the Fountain Valley Little League has been selected the 2011 Little League Mom of the Year by Little League International. Smith was also selected Mom of the Year for Fountain Valley Little League.
"I was shocked," she said. "I was told that our league had nominated me for the award, but I never thought anything would come of it. And now, all this."
The Little League Mom of the Year Award was established in 1991 as a tribute mothers who contribute their time and effort to the Little League program, said Scott Rosenberg, director of public relations for Little League International. Each year, Little Leaguers compose essays explaining why their mothers should be the official "Little League Mom of the Year." From that group, one Little Leaguer's mother is selected as the official Little League Mom of the Year.
Smith said her sons — Parker, 12, and Braeden, 9, All-Star players for the FVLL Majors and 9/10 teams, respectively — submitted an essay about her to FVLL, which then sent the essay to Little League International.