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5 Reasons Kids Should Play Organized Sports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:56
Entrepreneurs & Former Pro Athlete Explain Life-long Lessons Learned in Youth Competition

In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled in young children and quadrupled in adolescents, potentially leading to a host of chronic diseases later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Conversely, the CDC reports that regular physical activity provides a long list of physical benefits for children, but that’s not all. Daily exercise also promotes mental and emotional well-being that includes self-esteem.

“By now, I don’t think anyone is surprised that regular exercise is good for children and inactivity is places them at risk for illnesses later in life, but when you take a moment to consider the data in-depth for children who exercise and play organized sports, the details of a child’s future come to life,” says Danyel Surrency Jones, president of Power To Give and co-founder of Powerhandz Inc., (, a company specializing in athletic training products to improve performance in baseball, basketball and football.

Danyel and her business partner and husband, Darnell Jones, a former professional basketball player who also co-founded Powerhandz, want kids in their community and beyond to benefit from the values learned from youth sports. That’s why they created the Power To Give program, which promotes positive development.

“We believe in the power of sports to change a kid’s life for the better,” says Darnell, who lists five significant benefits of youth sports.

•  Cultivates a positive attitude: Sports are demanding. Come game time, a young athlete wouldn’t last long with a negative mindset. “Practice is no cakewalk either,” Darnell says. “As adults, we understand the need to hype ourselves before hitting the gym. The rewarding feeling we get walking out from the gym is similar to what young people feel after a game or tough practice.”

•  Offers a sense of accomplishment, confidence and self-esteem: As the CDC noted, simply being physically active builds self-esteem. We are physical beings who are not meant to sit in front of a videogame for several consecutive hours. “Again, if you’re a physically active adult, you feel that sense of accomplishment in outdoing your last performance at the gym,” Danyel says. “Kids feel a similar way learning new skills and succeeding in a game, except more so.”

•  Builds better peer relationships: Kids want to fit in, but it’s not always easy. Organized sports hurdles the high wall of social awkwardness so many children feel. Team sports such as baseball, basketball and football demand participants to work together for a common goal, which is a valuable lesson some adults still haven’t learned while interacting at work.

•  More restraint in avoiding risky behavior: Ideally, parents can get their children engaged – in anything that’s productive, really. Bored or disengaged children have a way of getting into trouble. A student is less likely to misbehave in class or break the law if it means getting kicked off the team of a sport they love.

•  Greater family attachment and frequent interactions with parents: Famous athletes say it all the time, “Thanks Mom. Thanks for driving me to and from practice, and thanks for showing up at the games.” And that doesn’t even count helping a child with actual practice – playing catch, squaring off one-on-one, etc.

About Danyel Surrency Jones and Darnell Jones

Danyel Surrency Jones is COO and Co-Founder of Powerhandz Inc., (, which specializes in performance-enhancing training products for athletes. Danyel is a business leader who led sales and marketing departments for over 17 years, sat on non-for-profit boards and invested in early stage companies. Darnell Jones is an entrepreneur and investor, athlete and sales professional. Before cofounding Powerhandz, he was a team captain and academic all-conference basketball player at Mesa State College before he went on to play for the Utah Eagles of the former Continental Basketball Association. Danyel and Darnell created the Power To Give- Building Character Through Athletics, which help fund athletic programs in financially challenged communities.

Bandits and Genesis Community Day and Job Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:53
The Quad Cities River Bandits and Genesis Health System are inviting the Quad Cities community to join their team to protect the community from seasonal influenza, and to build a lineup that will make another memorable season for guests at Modern Woodmen Park. Community Day on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 31, will include 500 free vaccinations to protect against seasonal influenza, the River Bandits' annual job fair, and auditions for national anthem singers and talent performers. More »

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Written by Phil Roberts   
Friday, 23 January 2015 14:38
Davenport, Iowa (Jan. 22, 2015) -- The Mississippi Valley Fair Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a fair queen will reign over the 2015 Mississippi Valley Fair, scheduled for Tuesday through Sunday, Aug. 4-9, here at the fairgrounds.
The board is sponsoring a $500 scholarship that will go to the winner of an upcoming Mississippi Valley Fair queen contest.
In addition to being involved in fair activities, the queen will represent the Mississippi Valley Fair and Scott County at the Iowa State Fair’s queen competition during the summer of 2015.
Candidates must be residents of Scott County and a member of a local service organization, such as a church group, Girl Scouts, 4-H or FFA. Contestants will be judged on leadership, community service, poise and personality.
Queen contest applications may be obtained in person at the Mississippi Valley Fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa, or by calling the office at (563) 326-5338.
For more information about the queen contest, call the fair office at (563) 326-5338. Information also will be posted on the Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest Facebook page. That can be found on the Internet at

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 23 January 2015 12:08

First 25 fans to place orders can have the River Bandits mascot deliver a Valentine on February 11, 12, or 13

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Jan. 22, 2015) – With another baseball spring training just a few short weeks away, Rascal the River Bandit, the friendliest raccoon in baseball, is warming up for his annual set of Valentine deliveries to spread joy around the Quad Cities. For the sixth year in a row, the River Bandits mascot will once again deliver Valentines for the first 25 people to order one of Rascal’s Sweetheart Special packages that celebrate Valentine’s Day the River Bandits way.

For just $35, Rascal will paw-deliver a personalized card and any of three unique packages between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, Thursday, Feb. 12, or Friday, Feb. 13, to the workplace or residence of a special someone within a 25-mile radius from Modern Woodmen Park.

“Rascal’s Sweetheart Special brings a smile and surprise to a loved one’s Valentine’s Day, and Rascal's delivery will make it memorable!” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “Along with a great Valentine's Day gift, you also get to look forward to the excitement of a River Bandits game come summer.”

The Sweetheart Special comes in the following three packages, each of which is $35:

River Bandits Romeo: A River Bandits logo baseball, pennant and two Lower Box Seat Vouchers to any 2015 River Bandits home game.

Bandit Beauty: A box of chocolates and two Lower Box Seat Vouchers to any 2015 River Bandits home game.

Lil’ Cupid: A package of candy and a 2015 Kids Club membership, including a free ticket for a child 14 or younger to all 2015 River Bandits home games.

“These packages are unique ways to show those special people how much they mean to you,” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. “Rascal will have a fun and full schedule to celebrate Valentine's Day, so this opportunity is not one to miss!”

To reserve one of Rascal’s Sweetheart Special packages, call Denise Clark at 563-333-2736. Only the first 25 orders will be accepted.

UP NEXT: Call today to reserve a Valentine's Day dinner at Modern Woodmen Park for Friday, Feb. 13, or Saturday, Feb. 14. Couples can enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner in a private luxury suite or take in the spectacular views of the ballpark, its Ferris wheel, the Centennial Bridge, Mississippi River and downtown Davenport from a table in the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled Budweiser Champions Club. Reservations are due Monday, Feb. 9, by calling 563-324-3000.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership in 2014 made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, Space Camp opened June 20; the new Drop'N Twist debuted in July; and the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line also reopened.


THIS WEEKEND! Go Out West at The iWireless Center with the World's Toughest Rodeo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Friday, 23 January 2015 12:05
Moline, IL -Are you ready for this! World's Toughest Rodeo returns this weekend to the iWireless Center, this Friday & Saturday. Prepare to take a ride on the wild side as the iWireless Center goes out west for two nights featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, and women's barrel racing ... all of the fan favorites.

World's Toughest Rodeo, the premiere national rough stock only tour, presents this two and a half hour event starring professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation. Fans will once again get the opportunity to cheer on the world of rodeo's top bucking horses and bulls as well as enjoy some of the nation's most talented entertainment acts.

Want to see a little local talent? World's Toughest Rodeo invites some of the toughest little buckaroos to hold on tight in the "Mutton Bustin!"   These little buckaroos will spice up the show with the fan favorite event of sheep riding. Who knows, you may be witnessing a new future World Champion in action!

Fans will be served up an exciting slate of competition but only at World's Toughest Rodeo will the top two in each event return in our feature event of the night, the Showdown Bonus Round. The toughest cowboys will be matched with the rankest bucking horses and bulls in our supercharged finale event. It's edge of your seat action, 8 seconds at a time.

Fun is on the menu whether you are 6 or 66. World's Toughest offers a plate of hospitality served up with a western experience fans of all ages will never forget. The arena opens from 6 - 7 p.m. nightly so fans can get "down in the dirt" with World's Toughest Rodeo.  Both educational and entertaining... fans can meet cowboys, cowgirls and entertainers for autographs.  Pony rides for kids are free!!! Have you ever wanted to sit on a live bull? Midnight, the 2000lb bull and the World's Toughest Rodeo's superstar, will be in the chutes for an experience you can only get at World's Toughest Rodeo. Don't forget your camera. Take a behind the chutes tour and meet and visit with the World's Toughest Rodeo staff and see the beautiful animal athletes up close and personal.

Tickets are $18.00, $25.00, 35.00 or 57.00 for Gold Buckle Seating and kids are half price(excluding Gold Buckle seating). For additional savings LIKE them on Facebook and save $5 with code WTRFB. Don't miss an exclusive opportunity to purchase a Gold Buckle package (limited number) which includes chute side seats, a World's Toughest Rodeo Tour t-shirt and VIP meet and greet from 5:45 - 6:00 each night... all for just $57. Make it a night you won't forget at World's Toughest Rodeo.

Get you tickets for World's Toughest Rodeo at the iWireless Center, located at 1201 River Drive in Moline. For ticket information please see or, order by phone at (800) 359-2525. For group rates and information,call Lindsey at 309.277.1356 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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