Longtime Staunton Kiwanis League Director to be Inducted into Babe Ruth Hall of Fame

Staunton Parks and Recreation Department Announces Ken Bosserman's Acceptance into the Southeast Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame

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STAUNTON, VA (10/12/2011)(readMedia)-- "It is with great pleasure that I can inform you that you have been nominated and accepted for induction into the Babe Ruth League Southeast Regional Hall of Fame for 2011". Ken Bosserman must have been stunned and honored to read those words in a letter dated October 9, 2011- written to him from Henry P. Sermons, the Southeast Regional Commissioner of Babe Ruth League, Inc. After all, Ken has been the Staunton Kiwanis Baseball League Director for 41 years. So this honor has been a longtime in the making. Kenny played in the league in 1955 and then upon graduation from the University of Virginia in 1969 became a coach. Two years later in 1971, Ken Bosserman was named the League Director and has remained in that capacity ever since.

Chris Tuttle, the Director of Staunton Parks and Recreation praised Ken by writing in his nomination letter to Mr. Sermons, "Mr. Bosserman's actions speak louder than his words; several years ago he donated funding to build a new press box and dugouts to improve the field conditions for Staunton's youth.....he is a true ambassador for baseball and it shows with his commitment to providing a positive baseball experience...".

The Kiwanis Baseball Program has averaged 400 players every season since it's inception back in 1946. During those 65 years the Staunton Kiwanis Club has operated the league free of charge including the league play, playoffs and tournament teams with a no cut policy for league play. Roughly 16,400 players over 41 years have passed through the Kiwanis Baseball Program under the direction of Ken Bosserman. Many young baseball players' lives have been touched and influenced by Ken Bosserman and the opportunities afforded in the Kiwanis Baseball Program. In his nomination letter to the Southeast Regional Commissioner, Chief of Police Jim Williams writes, "As as individual with a vested interest in seeing our City's young people provided opportunities for positive growth during after school hours and other free time, Mr. Bosserman's commitment to serving our youth cannot be overstated."

Ken was elected in 1993 to be the District 4 Babe Ruth Baseball Commissioner and left his post as Babe Ruth Baseball League President. He has served in the Commissioner capacity concurrently with that of Staunton's Kiwanis Babe Ruth Baseball League Director. The Mayor of Staunton, Lacy King, had this to say about Ken in his nomination letter, "I have known Mr. Bosserman for about 45 years and during that time he has devoted himself to young people of Staunton as a school teacher, coach, and director of the youth baseball program. Mr. Bosserman works tirelessly to provide baseball to our youth. Anytime during the season you will find him either working on fields, working on a fund raiser or monitoring the Kiwanis concession stand...".

Congratulations to a most worthy recipient of the 2011 Induction into the Southeast Regional Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame - Mr. Kenton Bosserman.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held on Saturday evening, October 15th, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Special thanks to Mrs. Debbie Gregory, Staunton Kiwanis Babe Ruth Baseball League President for organizing the nomination effort.