But here's where Bullard's story really chokes folks up: Six years ago, the boy's single parent father died from an aneurysm.
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grin gets on his face when he gets on that field, said Stone, whose nephew, a fifth grader at St. Patrick School in Portsmouth, was honored by school officials Tuesday. just loves baseball. Under Armour Sneakers For Boys going to see plenty of it this summer.
Rye boy overcomes tragedy to win 2011 Good Sport Award
wrote and mailed to Little League International a letter about Colton, who played catcher and occasionally pitched during the 11 and 12 year old Little League Majors baseball season that recently concluded.
Bullard's brother, Chandler, paralyzed in a 1993 automobile accident, works at the University of New Hampshire's Northeast Passage. Colton is a familiar face at the nonprofit organization for athletes with disabilities, often volunteering his time as an assistant to the various sports programs.
that league and in Colton's life. said she and Bullard's sister, Juli, of Strafford, became co guardians and moved the boy from Florida to the Seacoast. Chandler, of Newington, has also played an instrumental role in raising Bullard, who never played baseball before his father's death.
The letter caught the attention of the group selecting the award's five finalists, according to Scott Rosenberg, Little League International's director of public relations. It emphasized Bullard's passion for baseball.
to slight anybody else in those 2.5 million kids, but I don't think there's a more deserving kid than Colton, said Derek Malila, Bullard's Little League coach.
The Red Sox invited the family for a dream day at Fenway Park. The itinerary will include a private tour, and chances to watch batting practice and meet players. Larry Lucchino, the team's president and CEO, and manager Terry Francona hand signed letters sent to Bullard.
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It also spoke of his love for assisting others.
He's actually one in 2.5 million.
Adults who know him best consider Colton Bullard one in a million.
Bullard's family also will receive an all expenses paid trip to the birthplace of Little League baseball. The family will be honored at August's Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
extremely honored, said Bullard, raised for the last five years by his aunt, and older sister and brother. still in shock. isn't alone. Nancy Stone, Bullard's aunt and co guardian, is still trying to process the enormity of her nephew's accomplishment.
He also attends Roaring Brook Camp for Boys in Bradford, Vt., every summer. There, he lives without electricity and running water for two weeks, and teaches survival skills to younger campers.
League World Series, Bullard said. all my age and so good. It's incredible. by all accounts, fits the same description.
Those are the odds the 11 year old Rye resident beat to become the first Granite State recipient of Little League baseball's prestigious Good Sport of the Year award. It's an award Little League International debuted in 1991 and annually bestows upon just one of its 2.5 million young athletes worldwide.
think my brother instilled in him a passion for life, making every moment count, Stone said, referring to Colton's dad. laid the foundation for Colton as far as being a wonderful human being and compassionate. He's been with us this last week, and he's very proud.
Nobody, though, envisioned he'd go global.
single one of his coaches have said how deserving he was, with tears in their eyes, Stone said.
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