In July of 2011, El Pomar Foundation’s trustees made a $50,000 capital grant to the Grand Junction Baseball Committee, Inc., headquartered in Grand Junction. This all-volunteer, 80-member nonprofit committee organizes and hosts the National Junior College Baseball World Series tournament (JUCO)—a local institution—at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction each year. Over the last half century, JUCO has brought to the community teams from 47 states to vie for this national championship, and spectator attendance has grown to 137,000. This past summer, the committee signed a 25-year contract to continue this key role with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The capital grant from El Pomar was used toward an ongoing $8.6 million effort to improve facilities at the field. This marks a significant renovation for this widely-used sports complex since its opening in 1993. On a recent trip to Grand Junction for a Northwest Regional Council meeting, fellows Emily Orbanek and Stephanie South had the chance to tour the new press box and capture a lovely view of their hometown from one of the best seats in the house.