Oakville Little League President announces retirement

After over 20 years as a volunteer and 16 years as President of Oakville Little League, John Sweeney has decided to step away and retire from the organization to spend more time with his family, grandchild and to enjoy more travel.

John took on the role as President in 2006 when Oakville Little League had 750 players. Under his leadership, John and his board have grown OLL to over 1,000 house league players each year.

As John pledged when he accepted the role, the fair-play house league program was the driving force of Oakville Little League’s success. One of his many accomplishments included finishing the dream of building a clubhouse in 2006, which is now called Oakville Little League Headquarters. He also started a Challenger program, which provides an opportunity for children and youth with cognitive and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the benefits of participating in baseball at a level suited to their abilities.

His strong leadership and organizational skills as well as his business experience were key in helping to run a great program. He has organized District House League tournaments, Provincial and Canadian Championships, House League and All-Star tournaments, sponsorship programs and countless other initiatives. He also guided the league through the difficulties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

His tireless efforts, passion and dedication as a volunteer have elevated OLL to heights that others could only imagine.

“I am very proud of my accomplishments with the league over the past sixteen years,” said John Sweeney. “I could not have done it without a supportive board of directors and a strong volunteer base which consists of board members, executive committee members, coaches, volunteers, and parents.

“Oakville Little League will always have a special place in my heart. I am proud to have been President of such a great organization for so many years. I step away from the league knowing that the league has a solid foundation, a solid membership base and excellent quality baseball programs to continue to serve the youth of Oakville.”

Please join the Board of Directors in thanking John for his outstanding leadership and contributions to making Oakville Little League the success that it is today.

The Board has appointed Nick Rigato to the role of Interim President effective immediately. John will transfer his responsibilities to Nick during the next three months, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition. 

John will be missed, but we know that he will not be a stranger to OLL over the coming years and is only a phone call away!

Please feel free to reach out to John directly at his personal email address: disneynuts07@gmail.com.


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