Posts made in July, 2014

First Ever “Run the Bases 5k/10k” to Benefit Build Our Ballpark

Posted by on Jul 31 in News

Cedar Valley SportsPlex Hosts Event to Support Ballpark Projects WATERLOO, IOWA (July 31, 2014) – One local nonprofit hopes to hit a grand slam with a brand new 5K/10K because of the cause behind it and the unique twist they’re adding. The first-ever Run the Bases 5K/10K will be hosted by the Cedar Valley SportsPlex on Saturday, August 16. All proceeds will benefit Build Our Ballpark. Build Our Ballpark, founded in 2008, has helped build or renovate 15 youth baseball and softball fields across Waterloo, and is now working on projects in neighboring communities including Alden and...

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Thanks for helping us hit a grand slam!

Posted by on Jul 29 in RAGBRAI

There’s no crying in baseball… or cycling! We made it! 425 miles across northern Iowa. I must say, this trip made me fall in love with Iowa all over again (I truly did fall once – photo evidence!). Someone asked me during the ride, “How could you ever move from this beautiful state? The people are the most genuine and kind people I’ve ever met.” I couldn’t agree more, and I asked myself that question many times during this adventure. This year’s RAGBRAI was called the Small Town Classic. We travelled through some of the most beautiful small towns In Iowa. We also saw many of the...

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Fighting the heat for a great cause

Posted by on Jul 23 in RAGBRAI

Well, Iowa never lets us down, always saving the heat for RAGBRAI week! Regardless of weather, we are having a great time. We loved our overnight in Okoboji, enjoying live music and fireworks in historic Arnold’s Park. Sunday’s ride was great, with wind at our side or back. Monday was not as pleasant due to 20 mph winds against us and high humidity. Tuesday was the longest – and of course hottest – day, so we took it slow with breaks to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We are excited to get to Waverly and Independence, the overnight towns closest to our beloved Build Our Ballpark roots! One rider...

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Team BOB gets ready to ride

Posted by on Jul 14 in RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI 2014 is less than a week away, and Team BOB is getting very excited! We know that we’ll make a lot of great memories and experience lots of new things, but we are most excited to tell people about Build Our Ballpark. I can’t think of a better way to raise awareness for Build Our Ballpark than by traveling across its very own state in a way that promotes health and teamwork, just like the organization does. It’s even better that this year’s route crosses the northern part of Iowa – the part of the state where the Hellman family comes from and where my father began his business and...

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Fourth Annual Coaches of the Year Nominations Open

Posted by on Jul 9 in News

Awards to Recognize Volunteer Coaches’ Commitment to Kids WATERLOO, IOWA (July 9, 2014) – The fourth annual Build Our Ballpark Coaches of the Year ceremony will take place Monday, August 4, honoring volunteer youth baseball and softball coaches in Waterloo. Hosted by Build Our Ballpark and Waterloo Leisure Services, the Coaches of the Year awards began in 2011 to recognize coaches who exceed expectations in teaching kids about baseball, softball and life. Bob Hellman founded Build Our Ballpark, a nonprofit dedicated to providing kids quality places to play, and says this was an important...

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