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Tom Wagner will be honored for his years of service to the Little League.

The Rockville Education Foundation will honor Thomas J. Wagner and Centre Stage at its upcoming Gala on March 29 at the Garden City Hotel.

Wagner is being recognized for his hard work and dedication in overseeing various boys’ and girls’ sports programs in Rockville Centre.

“Tom’s commitment as a volunteer and his service and leadership to Rockville Centre’s youth sports programs are exemplary,” said Joel Ditchik, president of the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Ed Foundation is pleased to honor a member of our community who shares in our mission to make a difference in the lives of our village’s most valuable resource: our children.”

Wagner has stepped up to the plate on more than one occasion since he began volunteering with the Rockville Centre Little League in 2001. Currently serving as the League’s vice-president for administration, he is responsible for all league communications and serves as the liaison with the mayor’s office on field allocation. Having coached at all levels and in his role as commissioner of the National League, Wagner can be seen at all the games, ensuring things run on time and in accordance with Little League guidelines. He then returns to handle the avalanche of paperwork that comes with the various roles he plays.

As the seasons change, Wagner’s commitment moves from the baseball field to the basketball court. He has been involved in every aspect of running the Rockville Centre Basketball League since 2000. Serving as a coach and commissioner in various divisions in the boys’ and girls’ leagues, he is currently a head commissioner in the Major Girls division. As member of the RVCBL Executive Board, Wagner is responsible for sponsorship coordination.

“Tom’s work ethic is fueled by his relentless pursuit of fair play,” said Greg Fanning, president of the RVCBL.

Wagner, who is First Vice-President and complex risk officer for Morgan Stanley, has lived in Rockville Centre for the past 15 years. He and his wife, Patti, have three children: Griffin, a junior at Johnson & Wales University; Katy, a sophomore at South Side High School; and Emma, who is in eighth grade at the middle school.

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