WASHINGTON, PA (August 5, 2011)—Washington & Jefferson College is once again a proud sponsor of the PONY League World Series, opening its 60th tournament Aug. 12 and running through the championship game Aug. 20.
W&J Night at this year’s World Series, played at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington Park, is Aug. 18.
“W&J invites the local community to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these young athletes and welcoming the teams to Washington. It should be another great tournament. W&J wishes all the participants a memorable event and thanks PONY baseball for the opportunity to again be involved,” said Robert Reid, communications manager at W&J.
Bob Gregg, chair of the PONY League World Series, said, “W&J has been a supporter of the PONY League World Series from the very beginning, housing the players in those early days in the 1950s. Today, the support of the College, along with the other partners and volunteers, helps make the event a hallmark of the summer each year.”
PONY is an acronym for "Protect Our Nation's Youth." The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington and stood for “Protect Our Neighborhood Youth.” But when PONY became an international program in the early 1950s, "Neighborhood" was switched to “Nation’s.” PONY Baseball and Softball is designed to provide experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.