Little League Baseball was established in 1939 by Carl Stotz in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Today, the organization boasts millions of participants and more than one million adult volunteers. Little League has chapters in every state and over 80 countries.
Little League states its mission as follows:
"Little League Baseball, Incorporated is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.”
Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes."