Cary, N.C. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has partnered with the Raleigh Jaycees as a sponsor for the 2009 PONY 12U & 14U Fastpitch Softball National Championship. The tournament will take place July 25th through July 31st and games will be held at various fields throughout Wake County. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q is the opening ceremony sponsor and will provide food for the volunteers throughout the event.
PONY is designed to “Protect Our Nation’s Youth” by providing experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults. The Raleigh Jaycees first hosted the tournament in 2007 in Cary, N.C. and have continued to hold the championship there since. In 2008, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) estimated that the tournament had an economic impact of more than $1.5 million.
“We are proud to be part of something that promotes healthy lifestyles and empowers youth,” said Richard Averitte, Marketing Director for Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. “The Raleigh Jaycees are a wonderful organization and we are glad they reached out to us,” he added.
Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has a 40-year history serving the finest fried chicken and Eastern-North-Carolina-style Bar-B-Q, made fresh daily from family recipes and served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has over 30 locations in North Carolina as well as an online store where Bar-B-Q can be shipped anywhere in the United States. For more information, visit www.scnbnc.com.
The Raleigh Jaycees is an organization dedicated to leadership through community service. This all-volunteer, civic organization runs more than 100 community service and leadership development projects each year. For more information about the 2009 PONY 12U & 14U Fastpitch Softball National Championships or the Raleigh Jaycees, visit http://www.pony.raleighjaycees.org or call 919.713.0033.