Castleton University Director of Residence Life Mike Robilotto was recognized for his volunteer work with Rutland County Little League on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Robilotto was honored at a pre-game ceremony on the field at Fenway Park as the Red Sox Foundation's Mike Egan Volunteer of the Year from Vermont. He is currently the president of Rutland County Little League, which was established in 2017.
"Getting the award was a big surprise to me. It means the world to me. It means I am making a difference in my community by actions, not words. It is nice to be recognized in one of the most iconic ballparks. It was a day I could share with my family, friends, league and represent the Rutland County area. I was on cloud nine for quite a few days. I kept asking myself, 'is this really happening?,'" Robilotto said.
The Red Sox Foundation aims "to use the power of Red Sox Nation to make a difference in the lives of youth, families, Veterans, and communities in need by improving health, educational, and recreational opportunities." Each year it honors a volunteer from each of the New England states who volunteers in their local leagues to provide a better youth baseball and softball experience.
"I volunteer for the kids to stay active. I love watching players improve their skills. There is nothing better than watching a Little League game. Little League allows players of all skill levels to participate at the level they want. Little League is flexible and allows for players to build skills as they move forward in their baseball careers. I played Little League growing up, and I have fond memories of my coaches and fellow players," Robilotto said. "I look back and say I had a great childhood growing up, why can't I give that same experience to the kids of Rutland County? They deserve just as much as anyone else does. I give back because lots of people gave back to me along my journey."