Baseball is in Cheri Pierce’s blood. Growing up, Pierce was surrounded by the sport. Her dad coached her brother’s team and she was involved with her hometown league in Darien, IL, where she played as a kid. She was always helping her dad drag the fields – even then, she was involved when it came to baseball.
As an adult she started volunteering as a coach with the Arcadia Little League (ALL) in 2011 when her daughter, Tessa, started t-ball. She continued coaching until 2015.
“When my daughter was young, it seemed like a natural fit for me to join this organization in a volunteer capacity to give back to the sport that helped make me who I am,” Pierce said.
Pierce has been a member of the board since 2013 and also volunteered as part of the registration team and scholarship committee last year.
Now, Pierce has another title to add to her list as she was recently named the league’s newest president.
“The scholarship committee is particularly rewarding as we are fortunate enough to be able to give back to families in the neighborhood who may need a hand by providing a full scholarship for a season,” Pierce said.
The ALL community is driven by the strong, long-time support of parent volunteers such as Tony Giancana and Phil Breidenbach, who have been volunteering for nearly 20 years each.
As president, Pierce will continue to focus on growing the relationship between the league and the Arcadia community. She especially looks forward to seeing kids grow during the season.
“I don’t think I can adequately capture the amazing rush you feel watching the child who hasn’t gotten the bat on the ball all season and watch them finally get their first hit. To help these children feel that joy, sense of accomplishment and pride is everything,” Pierce said.
Pierce and the league board will also look to make improvements to all of the playing fields and intend to invest in the girls’ divisions as they continue to grow.
Pierce moved to Phoenix in 1996. She is a wife and mother who works as a flight attendant. She volunteers at Arcadia High School and also enjoys gardening, hiking, listening to old vinyl records and attempting Pinterest projects.
Pierce’s real passion and motivation comes from her family. She and her husband Curt have two children. Tessa, 14, has a strength and confidence that Pierce admires, and Charlie, four, is “a bug-chasing, dirt-loving boy” who starts his first season with little league this year.
Cheri and Curt have grown to become each other’s biggest fans. While Pierce is obsessed with watching her husband play in his 70s, 80s and 90s cover band, Nitrous 4 Dessert, Curt is equally obsessed with supporting her passion projects and love for baseball.
“Cheri is a natural leader, a hard worker, and is tireless in her support of Arcadia Little League and our community as a whole. I could not be prouder of her accomplishments,” Curt said.
For more: arcadialittleleague.com.