2017 SPRING AND FALL SEASONS
May 22: Fun time for all at our second annual “away” games at the Ankeny Miracle League ball park May 22.
May 27: Thanks to Walnut Creek Church members who volunteered to be our buddies all day plus Wells Fargo Retail Services at 10 AM. We managed to get three games in before the rain.
July 15 we welcomed “Journey of Hope” cyclists with two ALL STAR Games. This group of young men annual rides across the U.S. honoring people with disabilities. While it was hot, all who attended had a great time.
June 24 was our last Saturday of the 2017 Spring Season. It was a beautiful day for baseball; Mother Nature finally gave us a lovely day. Pictures were ready for pickup and we saw some great shots, both individual and team. And it was DAIRY QUEEN DAY! Free Dilly Bars for all players! Thanks to area Dairy Queens for providing what has become an annual treat on the last day of the season!
Special thanks to Tommie Clark of KCCI and Al Knudsen and Matt Cowie, and Matt’s Grandma and guardian for a heart-warming story on last night’s news. In case you missed it, You can find it on KCCI
SEPT 7: Our Annual DMPD & DMFD ALL STAR NIGHT. We played two games with the score of the first game being 40 to 40! Great turnout of players, fans, and our special PD & FD buddies. It would be a close call as to who had more fun! When you see a police officer or firefighter, thank them for making our night so special.
SEPT 16: We had a full day of games, beginning at 9 AM. Buddies were a great help making the experience fun for all players. Forecast was for a lovely day, and that came to be true. Many enjoyed watching the players and sharing the joy!
SEPT 18: We “hosted” the Miracle League players from Ankeny! Two games–6 & 7 PM. Mother Nature cooperated after rain off and on all day! Thanks to the girls softball team from SE Polk HS–our “angels in the outfield”. And we played under the lights. And players and buddies enjoyed free pizza after the games!
SEPT 23: Mother Nature gave us an extremely hot day, but we played all games except the 3 and 4 PM. Nice complement of buddies throughout the day!
SEPT 30: Weather hasn’t been a problem–It’s been lovely all day. So come on down and enjoy one of our beautiful Iowa fall days. And we will have visitors from Kiwanis clubs in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City–two communities where a ML ball park could be in their future! It was a fun day, too, for several buddy groups. Thanks to: the Friendly Sons of St Patrick, Dallas Center-Grimes Kiwanis Key Club, Inner City Motorcycle/Social Club, and Pena’s Boxing Club, and of course, Cliff.
SPECIAL for 9/30: WHO-radio broadcasted live from our ball park! Many players and buddies had a chance to be “on the air”. And learned more about the “Kiwanis World Getaway”, too! This Kiwanis-sponsored fundraiser benefits the Kiwanis Miracle League. Ticket sales conclude December 2. Contact any Kiwanis member for your $10 chance to go anywhere in the world for dinner!
OCT 7: Our last game day of the 2017 Fall Season. Loads of buddies scheduled all day long. Mother Nature did not cooperate! We ended up cancelling the 9 AM and 1, 2, 3, and 4 PM games. Honestly, what’s with all this rain?
Our Second Annual Halloween Party was October 12. What a fun night! Lots of great costumes! Pumpkins and Halloween decorations throughout the ball park. Trick or treat plus treats for the TEAL PUMPKIN folks, too! Free popcorn at our concession stand and many of your favorite ballpark treats!
OCTOBER 14: OUR ANNUAL TROPHY/PIZZA PARTY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! What a special time for all players to recognize our coaches and to receive their 2017 trophies…plus chow down on pizza, cookies, and all the fixin’s!
Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Des Moines for naming the Kiwanis Miracle League a recipient of proceeds from the inaugural Kiwanis World Getaway! The drawing was held December 13. The lucky winner from Ankeny gets to travel anywhere in the world for dinner–and we understand she is going to Hawaii! We hope to know SOON how much the proceeds will benefit our new playing field surface.
AND OUR 2017 SEASONS ARE NOW HISTORY! THANKS TO ALL FOR SOME GREAT TIMES! The ballpark has been “put away for the winter”. See you next spring!
updated 5.25.18 6:55 PM