Sports play a major role in Rostraver Township. To meet the needs of all who want to enjoy recreation, young and old, the Rostraver Commissioners and the Rostraver Recreation Commission have established throughout the Township, in every community, fields for recreational purposes. The Rostraver Recreation Commission consists of Jack French as Chairman, Thomas Godzak as Vice Chairman, Tony Argirakis as Secretary, John DiVirgilio as Treasurer, Donald W. Lynn, Jr. as a board member.
In 2001 the new John DiVirgilio Sports Complex, named after a life long resident of Rostraver Township and dedicated volunteer to recreation, is located behind the Municipal Building. John DiVirgilio know as "Johnny D." is a pioneer to Rostraver recreation. He began to coach Rostraver Little League in 1950. Johnny D. made sure that every kid had an opportunity to play sports and on countless occasions has dipped into his own pocket to buy gloves for less fortunate children or to pay their registration fees. In 1963 Johnny D. received an umpire certification in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which is the Home of the Little League Baseball. He umpired the Little League World Series. Although he no longer coaches or umpired all star games in all districts. He has dedicated countless hours to youth programs and other aspects of the Township. Johnny D. became a Rostraver Recreation Board member in 1967 to present date appointed by the late Robert Sokol, Rostraver Township Commissioner, whose son, Brian Sokol, was a Rostraver Township Commissioner. You will find him still active, always climbing the steps to the press box overseeing both fields. The mark Johnny D. has left on Rostraver Township and his legacy will forever be preserved through the Township's recreation facility: the "John DiVirgilio Sports Complex".
The John DiVirgilio Sports Complex services all the residents of Rostraver Township. According to the 2000 census, Rostraver Township has 11,634 residents, of which 1,529 children are enrolled in the Rostraver Township recreation program. In addition, the recreational fields are used by the Belle Vernon Area School District.
Presently at this site are four ball fields, numerous grand stands, two electronic scoreboards, two concession stands, one broadcasting booth, batting cages, a walking track, an electric scoreboard, and a football/soccer combination field. The fields are equipped with sprinkler systems, grass infields and irrigation systems. The players play on the same type of sod employed at PNC Park. The dugouts for the baseball fields were built by the same company who built the dugouts for PNC Park. A pavillion was constructed at the sports complex and there is lighting on the two upper ball fields. There are two batting cages, one at the sports complex and the other at Fellsburg. As a Girl Scout project, Anna Herold built two dugouts and a backstop at Fellsburg.
The John DiVirgilio Sports Complex hosted the State Police Softball tournament, the WPIAL playoffs and championship, the District 9 Little League Playoffs, and various All-Star Games. This sports complex allows our sports teams to participate in tournaments and play in All-Star games in their own Township. Also, there are fields for softball to pickup various games. In other parts of Rostraver Township there is one ball field in Van Meter along with a basketball court and a tennis court. At St. Anne’s there is one ball field. In Collinsburg there is one ball field, a tennis court, and a basketball court. Fellsburg has a softball field, a tennis court, basketball court, and a batting cage. There are also basketball courts and one ball field located at Clair Manor and Webster.
The Dug Out
John DiVirgilio Sports Complex
June Beveridge Memorial