KITTERY, Maine — The Kittery Little League board recently recognized three volunteers to be the first to have their names added to a new Kittery Little League Wall of Honor. The sign will be on permanent display at Tobey Field in Kittery.
Kittery Little League is run by volunteers, and certain individuals go above and beyond. The first three to receive this honor are Mike Downs, Kendra Downs and Chuck Adams. All three are known to lead by example and, without being asked, are usually present at every game, activity or event held by Kittery Little League.
Mike Downs, started as the field maintenance person when his oldest son was about 8. He quickly moved to president, and with his first son now a Traip Academy graduate and his youngest son aging out of Little League, Mike will be stepping down.
"Mike has been a leader in Kittery Little League for a long time," board member Rich DeMarco said. "His confidence and leadership gets things done, while his opinions and ideas have stayed focused on making the program all about the kids. His legacy will continue."
Kendra Downs will also be leaving her role this year. Although she is the First Lady of Kittery Little League, she is recognized on her own right by running the concession booth for about six years. Kendra a leader and supporter and volunteered her time to make sure the Snack Shack is stocked with food, treats — and people.
Adams is the current Umpire in Chief. He is a trained and patched umpire. Adams continues to offer his skills as a volunteer, umpiring almost every game. In addition, Chuck continues to be a resource to all the managers and coaches during and outside of games and is the leader to make sure the games run smoothly and everyone follows the rules.
"It has been said umpiring is a thankless job, but Chuck's willingness to support the program through his efforts is appreciated and needs to be recognized," DeMarco said.
The board has decided the new sign will make sure these volunteers, and others, will be remembered for their contribution and hope future volunteers will aspire to be on the wall. Volunteers deserving of this honor can be requested in writing and submitted to the board for acceptance.
"Starting with these three individuals sets the bar high for future candidates to be recognized," DeMarco said. "To be on the wall with Mike, Kendra and Chuck will mean something, and it will be a priority of the board to maintain the integrity of the Wall of Honor."