Thursday, August 13, 2015

Schuylkill County Man Named 2015 Little League Volunteer of the Year

A Schuylkill County man is going to be recognized as the 2015 Little League Volunteer of the Year.

John Murtin, of Barnesville, has been chosen for this year's award.  Murtin has helped the Mahanoy City's Little League for 51 years, 46 of those were coaching.   He now works the press box at the field.

Murtin was also a former teacher, principal, and superintendent for the Mahanoy Area School District.

The Little League's President and CEO, Stephen D. Keener, had the following to say:

“The hard work and dedication of Little League volunteers help enhance the lives of children throughout the world. For more than 50 years, Mr. Murtin has spent countless hours to make sure the children in his community and on his teams have had meaningful Little League experiences. We are pleased to recognize him as the 2015 Little League Volunteer of the Year, as we thank him, and all Little League volunteers, for their service.”

The Little League Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 1989 with the purpose of recognizing the countless hours of volunteer service that millions of volunteers put in to assure that their Little League is operated to its fullest potential.

Mr Murtin also told Skook News, "Thanks to all the kids, parents, managers, and coaches, it was total fun!"

“I am grateful my league took the time to nominate me for this award,” said Mr. Murtin. “To be honored by Little League International at the World Series is a dream to me. This award tops off my career.”

Mr. Murtin will be recognized at a breakfast and during an on-field ceremony at the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport on Thursday, August 27th.

By:  Jay Skook

Photo posted from
Little League Web Site