The Spirit of Giving Award







Information on the ‘Spirit of Giving’ Award for Pepsi Little People’s Participants

Thirteen years ago, we established an Award in memory of John Howerton, a Little People’s Board member and Chair of our Transportation Committee, who passed away unexpectedly on March 23, 2011, following a routine surgery.

John was a great ambassador for Little People’s, and established many friendships with our players and their families.  The John Howerton ‘Spirit of Giving’ Award  is in memory of John’s giving spirit.

If you have a story of unselfish giving about your son or daughter or any other Little People’s player, that has happened in the last two years, and have documentation of this (newspaper article, internet article, video, etc.), please let us know.

You can email, fax or mail the story and documentation to, fax to 970-586-3116 or mail to 1600 Wapiti Circle #8, Estes Park, CO 80517.  We need to have this no later than May 22. To receive this award, the player must be a contestant in and complete the 2023 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

The Award will be presented at the Family Celebration Picnic on  the Monday night of the 2023 tournament.  A news release will go to the media. Past winners of this award are Claire Hodges, Maggie Ambrose, Zach Hoskins, Tripp Kinney,  Hannah  Berman,  Alex Heard,  Jack Hilgenberg,  Sophia Macias and Happy Gilmore.

If you have any questions, please call or text Tournament Director Nan Ryan at 217-257-5718, or email