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Baird & Warner 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Prigge   
Friday, 18 July 2014 07:35

Event Type: Motorcycle and Car Event

Event Name: Baird & Warner 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

Date: 08/24/2014 – 08/24/2014

Event Description: Motorcycle Poker Run with 5 stops in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin covering over 100 miles. Final stop at Bandito Barneys in East Dundee, Il. 50/50 cash drawing, silent auction, door prizes, rock band and more!

Event Location: 6330 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL.

Event contact information: www.bwcharityride.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 815-788-2100

 
Des Moines Wins Double Bid for Future AAU Junior Olympic Games PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:53

DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Area Sports Commission has landed two more cycles of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games, both 2018 and 2023. The Games is a $1.5 million event run by the Des Moines Area Sports Commission staff, generating $47 million in economic impact for the Greater Des Moines economy. This announcement comes amid preparation for the 48th annual event in Des Moines—July 22 - August 2, 2014.

 

“Our hard work leading up to 2014 is paying off. The AAU governing body recognizes the strength of our community support, excellent venues and understanding of youth sports. Des Moines continues to deliver as a sports destination,” says Katie Fencl, Director of Sports with the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, a division of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fencl is also Director of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines.

 

“We’re honored to host the AAU Junior Olympic Games not only this year—but looking ahead to coming years as well,” says Greg Edwards, President and CEO with the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission.

 

2014 by the Numbers:

·         40,000 visitors to Central Iowa

·         30,000 hotel room nights for Greater Des Moines

·         14,000 athletes expected; ages 3 to 22 years old

·         2,600 volunteers

·         2,000 coaches

·         20 sports represented

·         5 Greater Des Moines venues; primarily the Iowa Events Center & Drake Stadium

·         3 times Greater Des Moines has previously hosted: 1995, 2004 & 2009

·         1 Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games: Suzie Glazer Burt

 

Mark your calendars! The Games will catch Des Moines July 25 - August 4, 2018 and July 26 - August 5, 2023.

 

How to Get Involved with the 2014 Event:

·         For media credential requests, CLICK HERE. Deadline is Saturday, July 19.

·         For volunteer opportunities, CLICK HERE. Shifts are available in four to six hour increments.

·         For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit catchdesmoines.com/AAUJO.

 

About the Amateur Athletic Union

Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest multi-sport, not-for-profit, volunteer organizations in the United States. It is dedicated to the development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for youth and adults. The AAU Junior Olympic Games are the largest national multi-sport event for amateur youth conducted in the United States.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.

 
TINCAPS' FAST START LEADS TO ROUT OF BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:26

Fort Wayne wins, 9-2, to send Quad Cities to fourth straight loss for first time in the second half

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 16, 2014) – Dustin Peterson singled home the first of four first-inning runs for Fort Wayne Wednesday night, and the third baseman added a home run as one of five TinCaps to collect multi-hit games in the visitors' 9-2 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits in front of a season-high 7,140 at Modern Woodmen Park.

TinCaps shortstop Trea Tuner began his two-hit night by leading off the game with a double down the right-field line against right-hander Adrian Houser (4-4). Peterson followed with a single to center field and went to second base on a single by first baseman Fernando Perez, who also had two hits in the game. Right fielder Franmil Reyes grounded out to third base for the game's first out, and designated hitter Jake Bauers singled through the right side to drive in Peterson. Catcher Ryan Miller then doubled to left field, scoring Perez for a 3-0 lead, but a relay by left fielder Marc Wik and shortstop Thomas Lindauer to catcher Brian Holberton caught Bauers at home plate for the second out. Center fielder Ronnie Richardson doubled in Miller for a 4-0 TinCaps lead in a six-hit, eight-batter inning.

Left-hander Max Fried set down the first four batters in his Midwest League season debut for Fort Wayne (8-17 second half, 38-56 overall). He allowed back-to-back singles by River Bandits first baseman Chase McDonald and catcher Brian Holberton but got second baseman Jose Fernandez to line to second baseman Josh VanMeter for an inning-ending double play.

Houser did not allow a hit in the second or third innings, but in the fourth inning, he walked the first two batters – Richardson and left fielder Henry Charles. After a strikeout, Turner drove an RBI double to left field, ending Houser's day after allowing seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Houser became the fourth straight Quad Cities starter to last no more than four innings and give up at least six runs when Peterson hit a sacrifice fly against right-hander Aaron Vaughn to extend the TinCaps lead to 6-0.

Quad Cities (12-13, 47-47) reached the scoreboard in the fourth inning, when Wik hit a leadoff double and scored when third baseman J.D. Davis doubled to left-center field for the only hit of his Midwest League debut. Designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell walked, but McDonald lined to Turner for a double play. Holberton singled to put runners at first and second bases with two outs, and Fried was removed after allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. Left-hander Payton Baskette (4-4) entered to get Fernandez to fly out to center field. Baskette scattered three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings, getting help from the TinCaps' third double play, into which Holberton hit after Mitchell doubled and McDonald singled to start the sixth inning.

The score remained 6-1 as Vaughn retired all five batters he faced in his Midwest League debut. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer then retired five straight before Perez hit a two-out single in the seventh inning, and Reyes reached on an error by Lindauer. Bauers and Miller hit consecutive RBI singles to extend their team's lead to 8-1. The River Bandits managed another run in the eighth inning off right-hander Jorge Guzman, as McDonald walked with two outs and scored on Holberton's RBI double. Peterson answered with a one-out home run in the ninth inning to restore the seven-run lead against Comer, who was charged with three runs – one earned – on four hits with a season-high five strikeouts in three innings.

Quad Cities seeks to snap its four-game losing streak – its longest of the second half – at 7 p.m. Thursday against Fort Wayne. River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (5-5) is scheduled to face TinCaps right-hander Jimmi Brasoban (0-4).

 
Presentation Showcases National Parks Established by the Hoover Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:39

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— On Saturday, July 19 a park ranger discusses “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks”: special places like Arches, Isle Royale, George Washington Birthplace, Sunset Crater Volcano, and other national parks and monuments preserved by Herbert Hoover’s administration. The presentation is free and begins at 2 p.m. in the visitor center.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

www.nps.gov/heho

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

 
650 Volunteers Sought for AAU Junior Olympic Games PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:57

DES MOINES, IA – An additional 650 volunteers are needed for the AAU Junior Olympic Games, July 22 – August 2 in Greater Des Moines. Areas of need include event assistance, awards assistance and registration. Shifts are available for sign-up in four to six hour increments at catchdesmoines.com/aaujo.

The 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games will include nearly 14,000 athletes and 40,000 total visitors in Central Iowa. Athletes range from ages 3 to 22 competing in 20 sports at five Greater Des Moines facilities—including the Iowa Events Center and Drake Stadium. The Games are expected to generate $47 million in economic impact for Greater Des Moines. Des Moines hosted the Games previously in 1995, 2004 and 2009.

“It takes our community’s support to make major events like this happen,” says Katie Fencl, Director of Sports for the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, a division of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These athletes have worked hard to qualify on the road to Des Moines. Now it’s our community’s chance to embrace and support them in our city.”

“For a small time investment, volunteers will experience the hard work and dedication of these amazing young athletes,” says Suzie Glazer Burt, Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games. “You’ll not only see teamwork, athleticism and sportsmanship—but by volunteering, you’ll make a positive impact on the lives and experience of the thousands of youth competing in Des Moines.”

Signature Sponsors of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games include Principal Financial Group, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, Wells Fargo and Co. and Markey’s Rental and Staging. Champion Sponsors include MidAmerican Energy, Nationwide Insurance, Prairie Meadows, West Bank, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Alliance Technologies, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Adventureland Park. Supporting Sponsors include American Fence Company, Classic Tents, ColorFX, Copy Systems, Electronic Engineering, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Knapp Properties, NB Golf Cars, Scheel’s, Sigler, Suzie Glazer Burt Foundation, Vital Signs and Reynolds and Reynolds.

About the Amateur Athletic Union

Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest multi-sport, not-for-profit, volunteer organizations in the United States. It is dedicated to the development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for youth and adults. The AAU Junior Olympic Games are the largest national multi-sport event for amateur youth conducted in the United States.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.

 
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