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The DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series

Mike Ferrari Memorial Scholarship

In the 1990s, a Michael Jordan commercial had kids of all ages singing, "I wanna be like Mike." At the DICK'S Sporting PONY League World Series, we also "wanna be like Mike." Mike Ferrari that is. Mike Ferrari was the longtime groundskeeper at Lew Hays PONY Field, spending many summer evenings at the ballpark preparing it for the annual August classic. Shortly after the 2016 World Series, Mike passed away following a 15-month battle with cancer. In 2017, World  Series Tournaments, Inc. established the Mike Ferrari Memorial Scholarship, which is to be given annually to a recently graduated Washington County high school student who has given of themselves to support and promote the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series. 


Justin Naylor (left) and Nick Popielarczyk (right) are the 2021 winners of the Mike Ferrari Memorial Scholarship. Naylor and Popielarczyk are both incoming sophomores at California University of Pennsylvania and Ashland University, respectively.

Previous Winners:
2019 - Alivia Montgomery
2018 - Nathan and Steven Shallcross
2017 - Stephen Rydzak

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