POINT PLEASANT — The Boys of Summer have a backstop they can be proud of thanks to a Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation grant.
This spring, the Point Pleasant High School Baseball Boosters, had a new backstop built at its field among the PPJ/SHS Athletic Complex, thanks to $5,000 from the Jackson Foundation.
Coach Andrew Blain said the baseball boosters were able to take the $5,000 and turn it into a large backstop complete with an attractive brick foundation. In addition, a concrete foundation was poured around the backstop for stadium style seating donated to the boosters. Those boosters and volunteers were able to place the seats around the backstop and sell special memorial plates to sponsor them as a fundraiser.
Blain said having played and coached baseball for several years, the PPHS boy’s baseball field is known as one of the better ones teams play on thanks to improvements and volunteer labor. In fact, the masonry work was done by Frank Beckner of B Masonry who volunteered time and equipment, Blain said.
Mario Liberatore, representing the Jackson Foundation which is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, recently presented Blain with the check. Liberatore, who has been heavily involved in improving and creating the athletic complex at PPJ/SHS, pointed out how important it was that these improvements have been made with grants and fund raising from organizations like the Jackson Foundation - this, of course, keeps the burden off the taxpayer.
Blain said the boosters hope to add even more of the donated seating around the field to keep improving the experience for players and fans.