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Stephen D. Keener - President and Chief Executive Officer, Little League International

(Last updated, October 2005)

Stephen D. Keener

In November 1994, Dr. Luke LaPorta, Chairman of Little League Baseball, announced that the Little League International Board of Directors, at their annual meeting, elected Stephen D. Keener a director and president of Little League Baseball and Softball. In November of 1996, Steve Keener was also elected chief executive officer of Little League.

Steve Keener was exposed to the Little League program early in his life. Don Keener, Steve’s father, was a physical education instructor and basketball coach at Loyalsock High School and spent his summers as a camp counselor at the Little League Camps in the early 1960’s. Steve played Little League Baseball in the Loyalsock Little League, Williamsport, and later in nearby Woolrich, Pa.

While in college (Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.) he served an internship at the Little League International. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster before joining the staff of Little League International in 1980 as assistant director of public relations. He became director of public relations in November 1984 and was elected first vice president in November 1991.

The Little League program has come full circle as Stephen D. Keener has become the first president of Little League to have participated in the program as a player. Little League today is the largest organized youth sports program in the world with 2.7 million children on 180,000 teams in scores of countries.

Steve and his wife Cheryl are the proud parents of two young sons (Joshua and Nicholas) and a daughter (Maggie). In recent years, they have experienced the Little League program from an entirely different aspect, as Little League parents at the Newberry Little League.