BETHANY, W.Va. — The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) is pleased to announce that it has secured Bethany College as a major sponsor. Bethany College joins McDonald’s, Comcast, and the UPMC Health System as the league’s major corporate sponsors. The three year agreement runs through June 30, 2010.

Bethany, a small college of distinction, is a private, four–year, liberal arts institution. Located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, Bethany’s 1,300 acre campus is 40 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh and 30 minutes west of Washington, PA.

“Historically, Bethany has always had a strong presence in Western Pennsylvania,” said Sven de Jong, Vice President for Admission and Institutional Advancement. “The sponsorship with the WPIAL is important because it allows us to reaffirm our commitment to this region, and to recognize outstanding students who have a passion for competing both on the field and in the classroom.”

Founded in 1906, the WPIAL is a charter member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The League sponsors interscholastic tournaments for boys and girls in baseball, basketball, cross country, girls’ field hockey, football, golf, girls’ gymnastics, girls’ lacrosse, rifle, swimming/diving, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The League’s membership includes 140 high schools and 164 junior high and middle schools.

According to WPIAL Executive Director Tim O’Malley, “The WPIAL is delighted to have Bethany College as a major corporate sponsor. Bethany College has a long and successful heritage in providing quality educational and athletic opportunities for students in our member schools.”

The revenue provided by major sponsors facilitates the League’s efforts to host championships at top-notch venues, such as Heinz Field, Palumbo Center and Consol Energy Park. The sponsorships also help support the WPIAL’s scholar-athlete and sportsmanship programs.

Bethany College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 30 fields of study. The college’s program of liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.

Bethany is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Twenty men’s and woman’s teams participate in the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) with Chatham, Geneva, Grove City, Saint Vincent, Thiel, Thomas More, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, and Westminster. Bethany also offers a wide variety of club sports.