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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > May - August > Donation from Easton Foundations Afford New Scoreboards To Be Installed at Little League Baseball World Series Stadiums

Donation from Easton Foundations Afford New Scoreboards To Be Installed at Little League Baseball World Series Stadiums

Donation from Easton Foundations Afford New Scoreboards To Be Installed at Little League Baseball World Series Stadiums

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New scoreboards at the Little League Baseball World Series stadiums in South Williamsport, Pa., are being provided through a donation made to Little League International from the Easton Foundations.
 
The gift allowed for the purchase and installation of new, video-capable scoreboards from Daktronics, Incorporated, which will help to enhance the experience for participants and fans visiting the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series this Aug. 21-30 at Little League International.
 
“The Easton Foundations are extremely pleased to support Little League through improvements to Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium, as well as future Little League Baseball projects in Williamsport and in other locations,” Jim Easton, Founder of Easton Sports, Inc., said. “Little League Baseball and Softball, under the leadership of Dr. Creighton Hale and Stephen Keener, has become one of the largest and most safety conscious youth sports organizations in the world. The Easton Foundations are honored to work with Little League to help them further enhance their facilities throughout America.”
 
On the hillside terrace, above the left field fence at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, Daktronics has installed a scoreboard that features inning-by-inning scoring, hits and errors, affixed panes for tabulating the number of pitches thrown by the pitchers of record, and a video display board. The same model scoreboard has been installed beyond the left-field fence at Little League Volunteer Stadium.
 
Both stadium scoreboards will display signage recognizing the donation made by the Easton Foundations.
 
“When Mr. Easton sold his sporting goods company several years ago, and established the Easton Foundations, he asked me if there was anything that Little League needed in Williamsport,” Mr. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “I explained to him that we would like to purchase two new scoreboards for the World Series stadiums, and he told me that he would be happy to provide them through the Easton Foundations. Mr. Easton is being extremely generous to our program and we are grateful that Mr. Easton recognizes the value of the Little League program.”

EASTON FOUNDATIONS
The Easton Foundations are comprised of two private foundations established by Jim Easton and driven by his desire to give back to the sports upon which his companies were built. Founded two years prior to the 1984 Olympic Games with the goal of developing world class archers for future USA Olympic teams, the Easton Sports Development Foundation champions the sport of archery in the United States through programs and facilities in city parks, schools and colleges.
 
The Easton Sports Development Foundation II was founded in 2006 to promote and support the experience and development of youth in the sports of archery, baseball, softball, ice hockey and cycling. In addition, the Easton Sports Development Foundation II contributes to selected 501(c)(3) charitable groups that share its vision of excellence and innovation in sports programs, business and engineering education and medical research. More information is available, at: www.eastonfoundations.org.