Little Leaguer's anti-tobacco slogan is a big hit
September 03, 2012
—Eleven-year-old Little Leaguer Stone Huffman’s pitch to keep tobacco out of the ballpark earned him
Winning pitch: Stone Huffman, winner of the 2012 National Spit Tobacco Education Program slogan contest, receives a check for $500 from Oral Health America President and CEO Beth Truett Aug. 20 at the Little League World Series.
an all-expense-paid trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., a $500 prize for himself, a $500 prize for his hometown Little League baseball team and worldwide exposure for his winning slogan: “Let’s play ball, you make the call ... don’t chew tobacco.” He threw out the ceremonial first pitch Aug. 20.
Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program works with Little League International to educate families about the risks of spit tobacco use, including oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay and nicotine addiction. The NSTEP’s annual slogan contest winner is announced during the 10-day Little League Baseball World Series each August, and the winning slogan is promoted at the event and (Little League’s) and (OHA’s) websites.