John B. Anderson, a former member of Congress and executor of the William B. Trout Charitable Trust, made a $100,000 donation to Kirkland National Little League — the largest documented private donation in the league’s history.
According to a press release, Anderson sent the league a letter and noted that his three grandchildren all have had “positive experiences playing baseball and softball in (the) league…I trust this donation will be put to good use to improve the program.”
In the release, KNLL President Jonathan Friebert said, “This amazing and generous gift is a capstone to our 60th anniversary season. The board of directors of KNLL plan to honor the wishes of Congressman Anderson through substantially improving our batting cages and field facilities, investing in training programs for our managers and coaches as well as expanding our scholarship program.”
Anderson designated the donation be utilized during the 2017-18 fiscal year for KNLL, which begins Oct. 1. The league’s board recently met about the donation and has outlined the next steps, the release states.