Posts by Bob

Coaches, Players of the Year featured on Celebrations cover

Posted by on Aug 26 in News

Kudos, again, to our Coaches of the Year Award winners, as well as The Optimist Club of Waterloo Player of the Year recipients! They appeared on the Celebrations cover inside today’s Waterloo-Cedar Falls...

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A decade of building ballparks!

Posted by on Aug 12 in News

Build Our Ballpark has covered—or rather, UNCOVERED—much ground over the past 10 years, and that’s something worth celebrating! Founder Bob Hellman couldn’t be more proud of the talented folks he has worked with, all that’s been accomplished, as well as projects in the works. “It’s been a hoot to relive my childhood—to be in one of our ‘parks’ and hear the roar of the crowd and the cheers of the kids,” he says. Check out today’s back cover of Celebrations inside your Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. And because we’re SO EXCITED, the ad...

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Kruger-Hemmen Sports Complex Marks Inaugural Season

Posted by on May 9 in News

DIKE, IOWA (May 9, 2018)—A $1.6 million outdoor recreational venue in Dike will commemorate its inaugural season this weekend. Kruger-Hemmen Sports Complex, 545 E. State St., will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, for a dedication program, on-field scrimmages and a free pork sandwich meal. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for the evening of Friday, June 1. The 25-acre site is situated along U.S. Highway 20 and features four baseball/softball diamonds; football fields; soccer fields; courts for horseshoes, shuffleboard and ladder ball...

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Congratulations to Bob Hellman for receiving an IPRA award!

Posted by on Apr 4 in News

WATERLOO, IOWA (March 29,2017)—Recently, the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association held its annual conference in Waterloo, and Bob Hellman was presented with the Claude Ahrens Community Service Award! The award is given every year to a citizen outside the parks and recreation profession who has supported recreational activities and resources within their communities, area, and state. As the founder of Build Our Ballpark, Hellman has helped create 39 state-of-the-art playing fields in five Iowa communities and one in California. Bob started “playing it forward” in 2007 with the...

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Cedar Valley Elite Baseball Academy

Posted by on Feb 20 in News

WATERLOO, IOWA — If you’re a fan of America’s favorite pastime, this won’t be the last time you see these talented faces! This group of young men and women gave up their Sundays this holiday season to hone their skills in baseball—and, for the first time, softball—under the guidance of some amazing collegiate and high school coaches at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. This year marked the first year of the Cedar Valley Elite Softball Academy, and we couldn’t have asked for a finer group of dedicated young women. The second class of the Cedar Valley Elite Baseball Academy...

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