Date: Apr 12, 2001
Press Release Number: 62-2001
The Elmjack Little League has honored the memory of a former LaGuardia Airport General Manager by naming one of its baseball fields the \"Tim Peirce Pony Field.\"
Mr. Peirce received this posthumous honor because of the support he gave to the league during his 19-year tenure as LaGuardia Airport manager between 1975 and 1994. The Port Authority supported the league 40 years ago, by leasing agency-owned land to the league for one dollar per year. Since then, the land has been the location of seven baseball fields.
Rick Guervara, Vice President of Operations for the Elmjack Little League, said, \"The league is a non-profit organization that depends on the support of volunteers and the community it serves. Mr. Peirce always understood the importance of productive recreational sports activities for the children of the airport\'s surrounding neighborhoods. We are thankful that he put the agency\'s support behind the league and are grateful that the Port Authority has chosen to continue this tradition.\"
Warren Kroeppel, LaGuardia Airport\'s current General Manager said, \"Tim Peirce helped to create and continue an agency-wide tradition of giving back to the communities that surround Port Authority facilities. We will do our part to ensure that the kids in the league and other teams can play baseball in a safe and comfortable environment.\"
The field also is used by local high school baseball teams and America\'s \"Friendship Team,\" which practices at the field before traveling to Asia to compete with its Japanese counterparts.
Peirce\'s memory was honored at a special fundraising lunch on April 6, when a memorial plaque was installed at the field. Pony Field is the Little League designation for a baseball field used by 13- and 14-year-old players. Money raised at the luncheon helps pay to upgrade fencing and the concession stand and to install in-ground sprinklers.
Elmjack Little League, Inc., is an all-volunteer, non-profit community service organization funded mostly through donations from the families it serves and other community organizations. The 650 youngsters who play in the league each year come from the Queens communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Flushing, College Point, Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria and Long Island City.