New Little League® Museum Viewing Plaza Opens at the World of Little League
Every year, the 16 flags will be taken down leading up to the Region Championships. As teams win their way to South Williamsport, their flags will be ceremonially hoisted up the flag pole. Jennifer D. Wilson, FCFP President and Chief Executive Officer, was on hand, Wednesday, June 5, to raise the first flag at the plaza. Earlier that day, Perth Metro Central Little League became the first Region Champion to qualify for the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series, and the first-ever Australian team to come to South Williamsport. “It has been a pleasure to work with Little League to make this dream become a reality,” said Mrs. Wilson. “The Little League International complex is an iconic location for our community. The setting for the plaza, overlooking Lamade Stadium, along with the interpretive panel, will provide a wonderful place for families, visitors, businesses and organizations to gather at with the view of the most recognizable locations in the greater Susquehanna Valley and learn about an important piece of Pennsylvania history.” Little League and FCFP have been partnering for more than 50 years. In 1958, FCFP (formerly known as the Williamsport Foundation) helped Little League acquire the original plot of land at the Little League International complex in South Williamsport. The Foundation has been integral in assisting Little League with numerous projects, including the construction of the original Peter J. McGovern Museum, the broadcasting of the Challenger Division exhibition game at the Little League Baseball World Series and numerous other projects. Learn more about the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. “The Foundation has been a wonderful partner for more than half a century and has truly helped Little League achieve many of our goals,” said Mr. Keener. “It is a vital part of our community, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the future to enhance the Little League experience here in our hometown.” Following the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series, Little League began a $4.3 million renovation to the Peter J. McGovern museum, which opened in 1982. The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store will have its grand opening on June 15, and will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., seven days a week. General admission will be $5. Children under 4 years old are admitted free, and children 5-12 are admitted for $2. The senior admission fee is $3, for those 62 and older. Discounts are available for large groups booking in advance.
(Left to Right) Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO; Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development; Jennifer D. Wilson, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania President and CEO and Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the World of Little League, at the new Interpretive Panel at the Viewing Plaza.