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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:38

Free Tickets for Fans in Superhero Costume


Promotion-Packed Weekend Begins Friday Night

MOLINE, Ill. (January 14, 2015) – Fans who attend the Quad City Mallards’ home game Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush dressed as superheroes will receive free tickets to that contest as the Mallards cap off a promotion-packed weekend with Superhero Sunday.

The Mallards have teamed with Heroes Inc. for Superhero Sunday.  Fans of any age who get in touch with their inner superpowers and arrive in superhero guise Sunday can get their seats for free at the iWireless Center box office. In addition, the volunteer superheroes from Heroes Inc. will be on hand to meet fans during Sunday’s game.  More information on Heroes Inc. can be found at

The celebration of costumed crime fighters is just one part of a fun-filled weekend for the Mallards.  Sunday is also Kids Day: tickets to Sunday’s game are just $5 for (non-superhero) children 12 and under.  After the game fans can join the Mallards on the ice for a postgame skate.

The Mallards will kick off the weekend when they take on the Rush Friday evening at 7:05 p.m.  Friday also brings the return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK.  Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games.  97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment.

The Mallards have partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games.  Students can catch the Route 10 on campus via 7th Avenue to and from the games, with the Route 10 dropping students off near campus or at the District after games.  Students can then hop on the Route 53 from the District back to Augustana until 3 a.m.  As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.  Fans can visit or for more information.

This Friday- and for all remaining Friday night home games- the Mallards have also joined with Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill in Rock Island to offer fans the chance to get a lower level ticket to the Mallards’ game along with an appetizer and drink at Rooster’s and a Metro bus ride to the game from Rooster’s and back for just $20.  For more information fans can contact Rooster’s at 309-283-7005.


After next Friday night's game fans can join Mallards players at Governor's Pub & Grill at both 3470 Middle Road in Bettendorf and 2180 53rd Street in Moline.  Kevin Baker, Matt Duffy, Darren McMillan and Nicholas Rioux will meet fans at Governor’s in Bettendorf while Pearce Eviston, Evan Haney, Logan Nelson and Johnny Rogic will join the fun in Moline.

Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including this weekend’s tilts- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:17

MOLINE, Ill. (January 13, 2015) – R.I.A. Federal Credit Union has entered the second year of its title sponsorship of the Quad City Mallards’ Kids Club and Little Saver program, the Mallards announced today.

R.I.A. has donated better than $1,000 to the savings accounts of young Mallards fans through the Little Saver program.  The R.I.A. Federal Credit Union Mallards Kids Club is presented by KARS- Kids Are Rewarded for Saving.  Young fans who open a savings account at R.I.A. Federal Credit Union can join the Kids Club free of charge.  In addition, for each Mallards home game, one fan age 12 or under is chosen at random to be the Mallards’ “Little Saver”.  The Little Saver is introduced at the start of the game with the Mallards’ starting goaltender and R.I.A. Federal Credit Union opens a savings account for the Little Saver and contributes one dollar to that account for each save made by the Mallards’ goaltender in that game.  

The Kids Club is open to Mallards fans ages 12 and under and provides a host of exclusive benefits.  Kids Club members receive vouchers good for four free Mallards tickets, discounted Mallards tickets for family and friends, the chance to watch a game from Mo’s Madhouse, a Kids Club t-shirt, a Mallards hat, an exclusive meet and greet event with Mallards players, a birthday card from Mallard mascot Mo and more.  More information on the Kids Club can be found at

Parents can stop by any Quad Cities area RIA Federal Credit Union location to open a savings account for their children and to enter the drawing to be chosen a Little Saver.  A full listing of locations can be found at  Kids Club Memberships are also available for $20- or $30 for two memberships- by contacting the Mallards at or by stopping by the fan accommodation table on the iWireless Center concourse during a Mallards home game. 

RIA Federal Credit Union was first established in 1935 on the Rock Island Arsenal to serve our Military members and Federal Employees working on the Island. For over 20 years RIA Federal Credit Union has been open to serve all of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas, including Wilton, Iowa, and Savanna, Illinois, while maintaining a strong presence on the Rock Island Arsenal.

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their eighteenth season and their first in the ECHL.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Vote today: the River Bandits are up for best team name in MiLB! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:15
The River Bandits found the spotlight with two league titles in the last four years, attendance records, national awards for the ballpark and the team's unique and creative promotions, and a considerable number of honors for community involvement and entertainment. Now its unique name is in a Sporting News online vote to decide the best in Minor League Baseball. More »

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:29
Sporting News contest has daily voting matchups for a week to decide best name in Minor League Baseball
DAVENPORT, Iowa (Jan. 12, 2015) – The Quad Cities River Bandits have often found the spotlight with the recent recognition of two Midwest League championships in the last four seasons, attendance records, national awards for the ballpark and for the team’s unique and creative promotions, and a considerable number of honors for community involvement and entertainment. Now fans can celebrate and support the team's unique name, which is among 32 finalists in a Sporting News online vote to decide the best team name in Minor League Baseball.
“Fans in the Quad Cities community chose the River Bandits name for their team, and their support of the franchise has made it among the most recognizable in minor league baseball,” said team owner Dave Heller. “This contest gives our fans the chance to show what the name River Bandits means – affordable, family-friendly fun and entertainment, outstanding hospitality, and the chance to create lasting memories at the friendliest ballpark in America!”
The contest pairs team names against one another in head-to-head voting, with the winners advancing to another head-to-head round. The River Bandits will compete with the Erie Seawolves in the first round, which runs from 10 a.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, Jan. 12, to 10 a.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The link to vote is available on
In the last two years, online fan votes have led to Modern Woodmen Park, the River Bandits' home stadium, being named the Best Minor League Ballpark by and USA TODAY, and the River Bandits' home cap being named the best cap in Class-A baseball. In addition, the team has won an annual award four of the last seven seasons for Best Ballpark Improvement from Ballpark Digest.
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.

4 Misconceptions That Won’t Help When You Hit the Slopes This Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 12 January 2015 11:12
Common Errors to Avoid from Sought-after Instructor & Keynote Speaker

As the season gets underway and skiers of all levels journey to the snow capped mountains, chances are that a great many of them will do some things that won’t help their cause, says world-class ski instructor Chalky White.

“You can boil down skiing to a few basic principles, but like any sport, there are many finer details that matter, and with an activity like skiing, the details can mean the difference between a safe ski trip and a hazardous one,” Chalky says.

“Skiing is a truly wonderful sport; it changed my life! I hate to think that there are beginners who may be steered away from it due to avoidable mistakes. And, there are those who’ve become decent skiers – they love the sport and they continue skiing each season – but they’re held back by questionable technique and inaccurate practice.”

Due to the popularity of his Amazon, in-category, No.1 bestselling how-to book, “The 7 Secrets of Skiing,” Chalky was able to craft a new program for business professionals and celebrities called Ski the World with Chalky White, (

Chalky reviews four common mistakes skiers make on snow-capped slopes.

•  “I’m too old to be a great skier, so I’ll just wing it.” Some people are raised on the slopes, carving up the snow at age 6 and entering competitions at age 8. Most folks, however, have average natural ability and aren’t raised on skis. But, as I was they can, if accurately trained, become very competent skiers.

If you’re completely new to skiing, take the time to learn some basics – preferably with a qualified instructor. The most important fundamental to learn is balance, as applied to skiing; all sports rely on balance to some extent, and for skiing it all starts there!

•  “I can be great if only I can overcome my fear.” Indeed, hurling one’s body down what they perceive to be a steep slope of slippery snow takes courage. It makes sense to have butterflies at the top of a slope, but overcoming nerves alone won’t make you great.

Some skiers, even a few new to the sport, have little fear when skiing – but that’s often because they’ve practiced and have undergone sound training. The more adept you become as a skier, the more fear-based emotion is pushed to the “back-burner” and is, as practice continues, largely replaced by new-found confidence and more fun.

•  “I’m beyond the basics.” Ninety-five percent of skiers, including some professionals, do not fully appreciate and utilize the power of balance – at least not consciously. Many simply believe they are fully balanced, but this is often delusional and maybe arrogant thinking. The best advice is to be a constant student, which means consistent vigilance toward one’s balance.

A great skier is one who can consistently recover following balance losses. You may be frustrated that you lost balance at all. However, the ability to recover with ease is a sign that you are well-balanced.

•  “I don’t want to pre-release from my ski bindings; my gear seems okay.” Just as it is silly to think that gear alone will make you a good skier, so too is the idea that gear doesn’t have specific requirements. Most vitally, you’ll want to make sure ski bindings – a device that connects a ski boot to a ski – adhere to the right D.I.N. (German for “Deutsche Institut Fuer Normung”) standard. If your bindings are accurately set to suit your age, ability and weight, and if you are skiing with proper technique, you will probably not pre-release from them. But if you make a mistake serious enough to merit a release from attachment to your skis before falling, then chances of injury are dramatically decreased. Some skiers tamper with these professional standards to prevent release, which can be extremely dangerous.

Other important facets include boots – the most important gear item for technique – and ski poles, which should be the correct length.

I have heard far too many disturbing stories due to the inaccurate setting of the binding alone. Too many of my friends, and the general skiing fraternity, have experienced broken legs. Don’t be one of many skiers, experts included, who neglect the binding setting. Get your skis’ bindings regularly checked by a professional, and don’t tamper with them!

About Chalky White

For many years, Chalky White has been a professional ski instructor who is highly regarded for being able to help develop the skill of balance for skiers of all levels, including experts. Through his business, Seven Secrets International Ski Services LLC, he has taught students in the Alps, New Zealand and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where he remains a longtime member of the esteemed Vail and Beaver Creek Ski School. Since 2011, his book, “The 7 Secrets of Skiing,” (, has been at or near the No.1 for ski books on Amazon. Chalky is a sought-after inspirational/motivational speaker.

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