Honoring a Hometown Hero

The City of Poway recently announced that the campaign to build a community memorial honoring Poway’s “Hometown Hero” Tony Gwynn is nearing its fundraising goal. The centerpiece of the memorial, located at the edge of the Lake Poway baseball field, is a 10-foot tall bronze statue of Tony. The statue itself has been fully funded through community donations, but the campaign is still actively seeking an additional $20,000 to complete the surrounding plaza and donor recognition wall. The campaign has raised just over $166,000 so far.

Tony Gwynn is widely acknowledged as the greatest San Diego Padres player in the team’s history and one of the best Major League Baseball hitters of his time. The Poway memorial aims to reflect, however, more than his athletic accomplishments – it portrays Tony as a father, friend, and celebrated community member. Over his lifetime, he was honored with the Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig, and Branch Rickey Awards for his sportsmanship, philanthropy, and exceptional community service. His affection for Poway and San Diego led him to remain with the Padres throughout his 20-year Major League Baseball career. After his retirement, he coached baseball at his alma mater, San Diego State University.

The memorial is expected to be completed in April. For more information or to donate go to www.crowdrise.com/tonygwynn.