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President of PONY

Abe Key ('81) has been the President of PONY Baseball & Softball since 1995. In this WVU Alumni Spotlight, we get an inside look at the PONY League World Series.

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The President of Pony

(Protect Our Nation's Youth)

Abe Key

“It’s pretty rare for a person to work at one organization for their entire career, but I love what I do.”

Abe Key grew up playing baseball in Washington, Pennsylvania. After making his way through the league’s age brackets, he was offered a part-time job at PONY’s headquarters as a junior in high school.

“That led to a couple years of cutting grass, running the printing presses and picking up people at the airport. When I went to WVU…I ended up doing three internships with the PONY League as well.”

Only a few days after graduating from West Virginia University in 1981, Key took a full-time position with PONY Baseball & Softball, rising to become President of the organization by 1995.

Now more than 500,000 young players compete in the PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) organization all over the world.

“It’s an honor for us to honor those kids and those parents and coaching staff who put so much time and energy into making it to a World Series.”