Looks like SUMMER is here!  

WATCH HERE FOR UPDATES ABOUT OUR 2024 SPRING SEASON!

Well, no rain last Saturday, but it did get a bit warm in the afternoon!
Thanks to Norwalk HS Girls Softball Team for being our “angels” for
the 2:30 and 3:30 games and to several individuals for helping out at 4:30 and 5:30!
See you all next Saturday, May 25!

Registration continues to be open for players (youth and adults) and coaches!
Buddy/volunteer registration is now open, too!
Click on the orange VOLUNTEER button to claim your spots.
Individuals AND groups welcome.  Here’s our play schedule:

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 Our Kiwanis Miracle League will be the beneficiary of the annual Al Knudsen Memorial
Golf Tournament.  Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21, 2024,
Beaver Creek Golf Course, Grimes.  Copy and paste the link below
to register to play and/or bid on some awesome items in the silent
auction.  Become a sponsor of this event–possibilities for
Signature Sponsor, hole sponsors, lunch underwriters, etc.
And to learn even more, click on the SPECIAL EVENTS drop down box above!

https://al-knudsen-legacy.perfectgolfevent.com/

 WATCH HERE FOR ANY WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Or visit our Facebook page.  Or hear a recording at 515.280.5017.

TRAFFIC ALERT:  West bound Martin Luther King Parkway continues to be CLOSED.  East bound MLK Parkway is now two-way.  The Downtown Farmers Market is in full swing every Saturday morning beginning May 4.  Try to avoid going through downtown!  Allow extra time to get to our ballpark due to increased traffic congestion.   Again, avoid downtown if you can.

2023-24 Calendar of Events

click on 2024 Special Events above for more information

June 22:  Miracle League Night at The Iowa Barnstormers game

June 21:  Al Knudsen Memorial Golf Tournament, Beaver Creek Golf Club, Grimes

June 18:  The Iowa Barnstormers Night at our ballpark

June 10:  DMPD/DMFD ALL STAR NIGHT

May 11:  Opening Day of 2024 Spring Season

April 15:  We will have a booth at the Waukee Schools Region 2 Transition Fair

April 20:  We will have a booth at the 4th Annual WALK TO INCLUDE & Resource Fair, Carlisle Schools; we cancelled due to weather.

Nov 14 & 16:  Volunteer Fairs at Waukee HS and Waukee NW HS

October 13:  Year-end Halloween/trophy/pizza party, Franklin Junior High (indoors).  Yes, Friday the 13th was our HALLOWEEN/TROPHY/PIZZA party.  Due to the weather, we moved the event indoors to FRANKLIN JUNIOR HIGH, 48th St & Franklin Avenue, DM. More than a dozen “trunk or treaters” became “table or treaters” with lots of great costumes and prizes.  Assorted games, prizes, lots of candy.  And, of course, pizza and all the trimmings.  Last but not least, our personalized trophies for every player!

October 7:  Final Saturday of Fall Ball–a beautiful day for KML baseball

September 9:  Wear your favorite school colors!

September 1:  Vision Financial Golf Tourney:  Over 125 golfers joined us September 1st for the 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament put on by VISION FINANCIAL GROUP at Copper Creek Golf Course, Pleasant Hill.  Weather was lovely. Golf course in great shape.  And so were breakfast rolls and burger lunches!  Proceeds benefited our Miracle League and the three other Leagues in the metro area.

August 26:  First day of fall season.

June 24:  Last Saturday of our spring 2023 season.

June 17:  This Saturday was team picture day.  We got great shots of each of the teams with coaches.  We also welcomed visitors from Tajikistan.  Our seven visitors plus three interpreters watched our 9:30 game, got out onto the field to hit some balls, and learned a bit about American baseball and how our players play according to their abilities. 

June 17:  Annual ML Night AT the Iowa Barnstormers.  Watch a great game at Wells Fargo Arena.  7:08 PM.  Pictures and autographs on the field post-game. 

June 12:  It’s the Iowa Barnstormers Night at the KML!  Who had more fun?  Players?  Barnstormers?

June 7:  Annual DM Police & Fire Night.  Two great games with LOTS of police officers and firefighters!  Even played “under the lights”.

May 23:  Annual Metro ML Invitational!  Waukee hosted at Triumph Park.  First game was Urbandale vs. Waukee.  2nd game was KML vs Ankeny.  Fun to visit other ML parks.

May 13:  Videoboard Dedication in memory of our PA Guy, Al Knudsen, 12:10 PM. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 games due to a very unexpected downpour!

May 6:  Spring Season Opened–ceremonies at 8:30 AM.  Fun watching the “exhibition game” between the ZaGaZig Clowns and the SE Polk Girls Softball team! 

April 5-May 12:  Videoboard Installation by Insane Impact and livestream cameras and set up by Musco Lighting.

January 21:   Miracle League Day at the Drake Women’s Basketball Game. Congrats to Drake for beating Valparaiso!  A fun time for ML families!


Past Seasons:
All past season news is archived under the About Us tab at “Past Seasons”

What a wonderful surprise!
THANKS to the Iowa Cubs for donating nearly $40,000 to our Kiwanis Miracle League.
We were thrilled…and will put the money to good use as we upgrade
our digital scoreboard to video.


2 Ways to Donate to Kiwanis Miracle LeagueLearn More >>


“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” – Will Cather


 

Kiwanis Signature Project Gold Winner: Kiwanis Club of Des Moines from Kiwanis International on Vimeo.

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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 game 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.

Check out our sponsor section >>

One of the best parts about Kiwanis Miracle League is the concession stand–our hotdogs, walking tacos, and popcorn are the best!  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.  No admission charge.  Free parking.  Smiles abound.  Come out to a game this season!

Read more About Us >>

Looking for volunteer opportunities in Des Moines?

Join in the fun at Kiwanis Miracle League. Visit our page for Volunteers today!

The Kiwanis Miracle League need for volunteers continues into the 2024 seasons.   Whether you are an individual volunteer or part of a group/team/club, we’d love to have you!

Click Volunteer to get started >>

Benefits

Improved Self Esteem
Make New Friends
Enjoy Some Fresh Air
Bond with Family and Friends
Eat Great Snacks
Play Ball

Baseball Quotes

“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
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updated 5.20.24    2:35 PM

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