Second Annual Sweepstakes Celebrates Youth Baseball Softball Day

Posted by on May 6 in News

Build Our Ballpark Gives Kids Another Chance to Win Big

WATERLOO, IOWA (May 6, 2014) – After a successful event last spring, local nonprofit Build Our Ballpark is once again sponsoring a sweepstakes for young baseball and softball players to win a shopping spree for new equipment.

In celebration of Youth Baseball Softball Day on May 19, the second annual sweepstakes will allow one winner and his or her team to receive Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards.

“We had so many great entries last year and couldn’t wait to do it again,” said Bob Hellman, Build Our Ballpark founder and executive director.

To enter, players in Iowa from ages four to 14 should submit a story under 200 words or a short video about why they love to play baseball or softball and what they’ve learned by playing.

Entries will be accepted at from May 19 to June 16, with a winner announced June 17 when the Waterloo Bucks host Youth Baseball Softball Night in partnership with Build Our Ballpark.

The sweepstakes winner’s team will receive a $50 gift card for each player and a coach to purchase new gear of their choice.

“We love hearing kids’ stories about how baseball and softball positively affect their lives. That’s why I played as a kid, and why I started this organization,” said Hellman. “We were thrilled to have a state holiday declared in 2009, and I look forward to the growth of Youth Baseball Softball Day.”

To learn more about the promotion and to help children enter, visit starting May 19.

About Build Our Ballpark/Youth Baseball Softball Day
Created in 2008, Build Our Ballpark was the vision of Bob Hellman Sr., the founder and chairman of the board at Hellman, a marketing and advertising agency in Waterloo, Iowa. The organization is committed to providing the assistance and rallying the support needed to build new ballparks and/or improve existing ballparks to ensure kids have a quality place to play. In 2009, Build Our Ballpark helped create Youth Baseball Softball Day, an official state holiday celebrated on May 19 as declared by Governor Chet Culver. That night, the first games were played under the new lights at Hellman Field. By promoting teamwork, strengthening character, building pride and teaching life skills, Build Our Ballpark is rebuilding passion in America’s pastime – one field at a time. For more information, please visit

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