Will Chapman is our first recipient of the Champ Pederson Award, for in the spirit of Champ, Will has overcome great obstacles.
Will began at University-Davis, and played his final two college seasons at Gallaudet University. While at Gallaudet, he was twice named a first team Jewish All-American as an outfielder by the Jewish Sports News; was named to the All-Conference Team both seasons; he played three seasons in the Pecos League and the United League; played professionally in Australia for the Redland Rays; he then played in Europe where he was twice named to an International All-Star team. Will earned gold medals representing Team Los Angeles at the Maccabi Games in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He won the team MVP award in 2003. Will now coaches at the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp.