Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Springsteen set to earn Nation’s highest civilian honor in ceremony on November 22.
Bruce Springsteen once commented that “Little League has a big, positive impact in my life.” He often talks about his Little League days in Freehold, N.J. during concerts. His impact on other people’s lives has been big and positive as well. Winner of seven Grammy awards and an Oscar, Bruce sets out to “make sure something is revealed at the end of a song, some knowledge is gained. That’s when I figure I’m doing my job.” His efforts to help others is demonstrated frequently by donating income from T-shirts and other merchandise sold at his concerts to selected soup kitchens, veteran’s groups and homeless shelters. More than five decades ago, he bought a guitar and learned how to make it talk. Since then, the stories he has told, in lyrics and epic live concert performances, have helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream. Mr. Springsteen is a Kennedy Center honoree and he and the E Street Band he leads have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.