NOW WE’RE THINKING ABOUT FALL 2021.
Can we revert back to team-based ball? Do we have enough players interested in playing this fall? Here’s our message as of August 23, 2021:
Thanks to each of you for registering on sportsengine.com for this fall. We are pleased that nearly 130 expressed an interest along with 25-30 coaches. We obviously needed to know if we would have enough players and coaches if we were able to return to team-based play.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus is getting in our way.
- There continues to be an increase in the number of COVID cases especially in Polk County and contiguous counties (red zone);
- The vaccination rate in Iowa continues to be low (around 50%), far from providing us with herd immunity;
- The new Delta variant is highly contagious (more contagious than chicken pox),
- Adults, even if vaccinated, can spread the virus;
- The realization that a number of our players cannot be vaccinated due to age or the fact that the vaccine could interfere with other medications;
- We do not know the effect of possible increased spread due to school resuming;
- Local school boards, various levels of government, and state-run institutions are unable to mandate masks.
Because of all these factors, and our goal to provide a safe and secure environment for all players, families, and volunteers, we will NOT be offering team-based play this fall. Again, regrettably, there will not be the fall season that we all were so looking forward to.
Our board has pledged to watch the numbers and various pieces of data each week. Should we see improvements, we will certainly consider other avenues, perhaps even some “pop up” games.
We will not be playing August 28th.
“Wear and Care”
June 5-26: Thanks to some thoughtful thinking, we were able to play ball all four Saturdays in June–with modifications to hopefully keep all safe. Our idea of “pop up” games seems to have worked as slots for all 4 games each Saturday were filled. Plus we added an additional game on the 26th. Even the rain didn’t keep us from playing that day!
June 26 The Lexi Stiles Memorial Golf Tournament benefited the Children’s Cancer Connection and the Kiwanis Miracle League. Held at Twin Acres Golf Course in Colo, IA. Golf happened in both the morning and afternoon despite the rain. The Silent & Live Auctions, Music by Emma Arndt, and other special happenings were a huge success! Contact Robin Stiles, 515.250.9701, for more information.
September 3 Vision Financial Group Golf Tourney benefiting Kiwanis Miracle League, Urbandale Miracle League and Ankeny Miracle League. Copper Creek Golf Course, 8 AM shotgun start. 4-person scramble. 18 holes & cart, catered lunch, door prizes, team awards. $100/golfer by 8/1; $110 thereafter. Contact Cindy Vandenburg at email@example.com
The KML ghosts and goblins planned a very successful annual Halloween blast on October 24. Our 2020 event was safe and healthy and held in our KML parking lot. Many wore favorite Halloween costumes. Pictures! Treats! Fun! Players experienced our “trunk or treat” in shifts, team assignments, as follows:
5-5:30 PM A’s, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs
5:30-6 PM Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Orioles
6-6:30 PM Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Royals
6:30-7 PM Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, any unassigned players
Our event guides took socially distanced families through the maze of some 20+ decorated trunks. And all got to experience our unique “candy chutes”. All volunteers and visitors wore masks, too. What fun!
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6th Annual Vision
Financial Charity Golf
was a huge success!
Some 112 golfers
enjoyed a beautiful
course on a beautiful
day to benefit our local
Miracle League organizations!
Vision Financial Group!
BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately, our board had to make the decision to cancel our 2020 Fall Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like our decision to cancel our Spring Season, we had to keep the health and safety of our players, families, coaches, and volunteers first and foremost in our minds. But watch for a special event or two that we will allow us to be socially distanced and safe!
MAY 9: WE HOSTED OUR FIRST EVER DRIVE THROUGH to take the place of 2020 Spring Opening Day!
While we’ve had to cancel our 2020 Spring Season, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a good time at the ball park, right? Nearly 80 players/families joined us for our first ever Kiwanis Miracle League “DRIVE THROUGH” on Saturday, May 9th. While it wasn’t “opening day” as we typically know it, all seemed to have a good time! For most, it just felt good to be near the ball park! Players wore their uniforms! They stayed in their cars. Coaches gave them a “socially distanced” high five! Our PA Guy announced their names on the PA System! Cubby Bear! Shrine Clowns! DM Fire Truck! DM Police and squad car! And each player took home a special treat from our KML board of directors. Teams came through under a schedule:
1-1:30 PM A’s, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs
1:30-2 PM Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Orioles
2-2:30 PM Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Royals
2:30-3 PM Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, any unassigned players
We, of course, adhered to the current health guidelines. We want and continue to want everyone to stay safe.
“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” – Will Cather
What we do
Kiwanis Miracle League is truly a miracle as it provides a place for children with special needs to enjoy our nation’s pastime, Baseball.
But it is truly so much more than that. It is an opportunity for families to come together and enjoy the great outdoors and the spirit of competition. Or at least what WE call competition. You see, everyone bats, everyone scores and every came ends in a tie.
We also have space for dedicated volunteers, our “buddies” who help our players get the most out of the experience. Groups and individuals from all walks of life have volunteered to be buddies or our youngsters and we welcome you as well. Click on “Volunteer” to learn more!
We also have been blessed with great supporters and financial donations to keep the field running.
One of the best parts about Kiwanis Miracle League is the concession stand and every player enjoys a free drink after the game. Our players LOVE that!
But most of all, Kiwanis Miracle League is something you must experience for yourself. Come out to a game this season!
The Kiwanis Miracle League need for volunteers has lessened during the pandemic. When it’s safe and most are healthy, we’ll need many volunteers. Stay tuned!
Improved Self Esteem
Make New Friends
Enjoy Some Fresh Air
Bond with Family and Friends
Eat Great Snacks
“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”
– Ted Williams, Red Sox
updated 08.24.21 11:14 AM