Today we’d like to introduce you to Skyline Hills PONY Baseball.
Hi, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Our family has lived in this neighborhood since the 1950s, spanning 6 generations. Baseball has always been present within our family. Over time, there became a lack of baseball presence in our community. Growing up, kids in the community would play baseball in the spring, football during the summer/fall, then basketball in the winter. Kids that play or want to play baseball in the community have to go to surrounding communities (Encanto, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, etc.) to play. This is the main reason we came together as a family and made the decision to start a new league ‘Skyline Hills PONY Baseball’. Another big reason we wanted to start the league is to get more young black boys and girls involved in baseball. From our experiences, young black kids tend to play football and basketball and have forgotten or weren’t taught how deep our roots are in baseball. We feel an innate desire to bring baseball back our community.
Skyline Hills PONY Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on developing, improving, and maximizing the skill set needed to succeed on the baseball field. More importantly, helping young boys and girls to become good, respectful men and women.
Serving a community of more than 60% African American and Hispanic, we strive to provide a safe haven provide top-notch coaching and mentorship for youth to keep them out of gangs and off the streets. PONY stands for Protecting Our Nation’s Youth, and we firmly stand behind it by giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in life.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Our main obstacle and challenge is funding. Since we are a startup league, we are starting from ground zero. We need to purchase everything that would be needed to run a successful baseball league. This would include items such as bases and baseballs, to renting out fields, purchasing temporary outfield fences and uniforms. The more funding we are able to raise, the more affordable it will be for kids to register and play in the league. For anyone that would like to donate to our organization they can do so at https://gofund.me/3664ecc2
A challenge we are looking forward to overcoming is creating the support and presence of baseball in our community just as strong as the support for other sports…
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a disabled veteran and a stay-at-home father. I worked in the Information Technology field for over 14 years. I am most proud of my beautiful family, my four kids, and beautiful wife.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
We are hopeful that our lesson to be learned is that our vision to start was too small. We hope that the community embraces baseball with open arms and love that same way our family has always loved baseball, that there is an overwhelming presence at signups.
- $80 for early bird sign-ups.
- Website: https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1359014
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/skylinehillsponybaseball?r=nametag
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100084456101980
Image Credits: From Left to right: Carolina Santiago Gonzalez – Vice President, Tommy Killingsworth – President, Mayor Todd Gloria, Aaryn Lynch, Nicole Lynch – Treasurer, Willie Lessier – PONY Baseball Southwest Regional Director.