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Baseball In Poland

The 18th International Presidents Cup Baseball tournament was held in Dzialdowo Poland March 9 to 11, 2018.  Teams from 5 countries sent their boys and girls to compete for the special Presidents Cup Trophy.  All Three hundred (300) came by bus and van from the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania and parts of Poland. 

The games were played in two Olympic size gymnasiums and for many children this is the first time they were out of their native country.  The schools where they played also served as their hotel and restaurant where a team of Polish ladies fed them three times a day at no cost to their teams. 

The team winning the Presidents Cup Trophy was from Belarus, there were 11 teams coming from out of the country and eight teams from Poland competing in the tournament.  The first place winner among the Polish teams was Yankees Dzialdowo, Coach Andrzej Krzyowski did an excellent job with his team.

This Annual tournament was first organized by Coach Zdzislaw Ziolkowski who has continued the tournaments for 18 years with the help of many dedicated volunteers and sponsors.  Since Coach Ziolkowski has been coaching Baseball, Poland now has a Senior group that we hope will qualify for Poland’s Olympic Baseball team. 

The Polish National Youth Baseball Foundation is looking for a few good men and women who want to help promote Baseball in Poland and Eastern Europe by collecting good used baseball equipment we can send to the children.  We also also ask for your financial support.  Checks can be made out to PNYBF, 222 Ocean Drive East, Stamford, CT 06902. 

Photo taken at the tournament in Dzialdowo, Poland, 2018
 
Al Koproski, Pres. PNYBF
Stamford, CT
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