Jamestown ball diamonds should be called by their correct name

Kathy Stefonek was honored but the wrong name is being used.

JSSP Letter to Editor

Would it be too much to ask for The Jamestown Sun, sports media and members of Jamestown Parks and Rec to refer to Stefonek Softball Complex by its correct name? These ball diamonds were named after Kathy Stefonek in a unanimous vote by Parks and Rec in the spring/summer of 2015, yet The Sun and others continue to refer to the diamonds as "McElroy Park".

Those who know the history of softball in this city are well aware of the legacy of Kathy Stefonek. She played fast-pitch softball herself "back in the day," but her legend really began with her career as an umpire. In her 50 years as an umpire, she officiated everything from men's, women's and youth fast-pitch to men's women's and youth slow-pitch games. Kathy stated to me personally that having the diamonds named for her meant more than being in the Softball Hall of Fame which she entered in 2012. (You can read about her incredible career at under the Hall of Fame tab.)

Newman Signs was kind enough to create and install a sign honoring Kathy and it stands at the entrance to the complex now. Perhaps we can all refer to these diamonds by the name which was bestowed upon them.

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