Haun honored for supporting youth baseball

Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SCOTT HAUN (left) of Plymouth is awarded the plaque from Randy Schmitz for being inducted into the Plymouth Youth Athletic Association Hall of Fame. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SCOTT HAUN (left) of Plymouth is awarded the plaque from Randy Schmitz for being inducted into the Plymouth Youth Athletic Association Hall of Fame. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Supporting youth sports means a great deal to Scott Haun. The Plymouth community is fortunate to have people like Haun who have contributed so much to baseball and other athletics for kids.

Haun was recognized for his tireless volunteer work with local youth baseball programs by being inducted into the Plymouth Youth Athletic Association Hall of Fame in June. He was surprised by the induction.

“I was shocked. I never thought I did enough. I always felt like I could have done more. With that said, it is truly an honor to be in the hall with all the people that have done so much,” said Haun, a Plymouth resident for the past 26 years.

Haun served as the PYAA’s president from 2006-11, vice president in 2005-06 and board member in 2001-05. He was also Plymouth’s Horizon Developmental Baseball coordinator and Cadet Baseball coordinator. Haun had a key role in starting the Mid- Shore Baseball League which included teams Plymouth and surrounding communities.

During his time with the PYAA, he also coached basketball at the St. John Lutheran School and junior football in Plymouth.

“Whatever had to be done, Scott would do it. He’s done a lot for youth baseball in Plymouth. [The induction] is very well-deserved,” said Schmitz, a former PYAA vice president, who introby duced Haun at the induction ceremony.

“We’re very fortunate to have the volunteers we’ve had over the years. I’m very happy for him and proud of him.”

Schmitz, a longtime friend of Haun, is a PYAA board member and Cadet Baseball coordinator.

Haun explained why he got involved in the PYAA.

“I felt it was a good organization that needed/wanted help, and with all three of my sons playing or going to play I felt it was important for them to see me involved,” he said.

“Some of my fondest memories as a young boy [growing up in Cashton] was summer baseball, and I believe that is part of the reason I got involved in the first place so I could help the youth of Plymouth gain memories and hopefully plant a seed to keep the act of helping in such organization going.”

Watching youths learn the game of baseball was one of the things Haun enjoyed the most about his volunteer work.

“I really enjoyed the new friends I met, seeing kids learn a fun sport and being a part of the development of kids that needed something to fill those long summer months,” he recalled.

“I also really enjoyed the PYAA [baseball] tournament. I took time off of work to work it and although it was always a lot of work and I needed to take a day off to recover from it, it was worth it.”

Haun said his fondest memory during his time with the PYAA was watching Plymouth youth baseball teams play at Helfaer Field in Milwaukee. Helfaer Field is at the site of the former Milwaukee County Stadium.

“Every year we went down there it was a new experience and the kids got to play in the shadows of Miller Park and they loved it,” said Haun.

He is no longer with the PYAA because of his job commitments.

“I try to help when asked but part of the reason I left was I took a new position at my company and do not have as much time as I would like to help,” Haun pointed out.

“I would like to thank the current [PYAA] board for giving me such a honor. I really appreciate it.

“I would also like to thank Randy Schmitz, Rory Beebe, Tom Blend, Bill August and the late Ozzie Pick. These men were some of my biggest influences while I was on the board. Without them I would have never even been considered for this great honor,” said Haun.

“Also I need to thank the parents of the kids involved because if they did not take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer, run their kids to practice and games, and coach, the PYAA would never be as successful as it is.”

Haun stressed the importance of the PYAA.

“The PYAA is a vital organization in the city of Plymouth. Every year they take on several hundred kids to teach them the sport of baseball but not only baseball, they teach sportsmanship and working as a team member,” he said.

“They give kids something to do during the long months of summer when they could be running around making poor decisions, and I believe a kid who is involved in good things stands a better chance of staying out of trouble.”

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