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Hometown Teams Programming Starts with the History of Auto Racing, Sept. 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:05

Events continue with programs on women in baseball, professional football in Rock Island, stadium tours, and Quad City golf


Rock Island, IL: Hometown Teams, a touring exhibit on how sports affects American culture, kicked off this morning at the Rock Island Main Library with an opening day ceremony involving 150 participants, including athletes from Rock Island, Moline, and United Township High Schools, the Moline High School marching band, members of the Rock Island High School varsity cheerleading squad, local committee members and program partners.

The traveling Hometown Teams exhibit, which is a collaboration of the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street and the Illinois Humanities Council, is supported by local sports history displays and programs at the Rock Island Main Library and other community sites.. The first program in the six-week program series is Tuesday. It features the history of local auto racing. "Start Your Engines: Motorsports in the Quad Cities," will be presented by racing writer and organizer Roger Ruthhart at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. The free program covers the rich history of auto racing in the Quad Cities, including what many believe to be the site of the first automobile race in Iowa.

Additional free history programs in September include:

Women Who Played Baseball: Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Illinois Humanities Council road scholar Barbara Gregovich presents the story of three teenage girls who played hardball on the last traveling "bloomer girl" baseball team in 1934. For 60 years prior to the formation of the All American Girls Professional League, women played in these national and international barnstorming leagues. This human-interest story touches on the Great Depression, barnstorming baseball teams, and the heroic women who wanted to play hardball.

Small Stadium, Big Time Football; RI Independents of the NFL: Thursday, Sept. 25:, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Retired Rock Island High School coach Vic Boblett brings us the story of the Rock Island Independents, one of the first 14 teams of the National Football League. The Independents are prominently featured in the library's local display. Boblett will expand upon their role in local and national football history, and on the differences in football, then and now.

Places Where We Play Stadium Bus Tour: Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9:30 am to noon. Tour embarks and returns to Rock Island Main Library. The stadiums where we watch and play for Hometown Teams are sources of great memories and community spirit. Learn more about the history of Rock Island High School's Almquist Field, Moline High School's Wharton Field House and Browning Field, and Augustana College's Ericson Field. Each stop includes a presentation, with additional bus commentary by Thom Cornelis. Reservations needed for bus arrangements. Please call 309-732-7345 or register via the library's online calendar. Reservations requested no later than Wednesday, Sept. 24. The tour is free and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

From the Quad Cities Open to the John Deere Classic - Big-time Professional Golf in the Quad Cities, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 6:30 pm, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street. Hometown Teams local project partner Moline Library hosts a golf exhibit and program by longtime tournament volunteer John Wetzel.

October programs include an Oct. 4 program on a local game changer in integrating professional football, Frederick "Duke" Slater, along with presentations on Three-I League baseball,  Tri-Cities Blackhawks  professional basketball, amateur softball tournaments at Douglas Park, and a panel discussion on how Title 9 changed sports nationally and locally.

Additional Hometown Team displays are offered at Rock Island County Historical Society, and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Evenings at Butterworth, at the Butterworth Center, Moline, has also dedicated three fall programs to sports topics.

"Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, will be on view during library hours from  Saturday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at the Rock Island Library's Main Branch, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Illinois Humanities Council.

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local sponsors include the Rock Island Community Foundation, Illinois Humanities Council, Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island Public Library Foundation, and Sedona Staffing, along with media sponsorships from WHBF TV/CBS 4, Townsquare Media  (ESPN Quad Cities 93.5, The HAWK 104.9, 97X WXLP, and B100 ), Mickle Communications, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and the River Cities Reader. In kind support has been received from Bill's Moving and Storage, Victory Enterprises, and Midwest Graphics Management.

All events are free and open to the public. Free Hometown Teams program brochures are available, or contact the library at 309-732-READ or for more details.

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Exhibit Venue: Rock Island Main Library: 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, 309-732-READ (7323), Second- floor exhibit space open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, during all scheduled library programs, and by contacting the first floor service desk at other times. Exhibits close one-half hour before library closing. Group tours are available. General library hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The library is closed on Sundays.

Registration for Fall courses are happening now! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:56
Sports Leagues & Tournaments!  Theatre & Dance!  Adaptive and Inclusive programs!  Ice Skating!  Environmental Education!  We've got it all and more this fall at Davenport Parks and Recreation.  Fall programs are starting now, so be sure to register for your favorite classes. 
Online Catalog and Registration
To view more information on any course, or to register online, click the link below for our website:

Hard copies of our catalog are available at the following locations:
  • The River's Edge
  • Vander Veer Conservatory
  • Davenport Public Libraries
  • Junior Theatre
  • Roosevelt Community Center
  • Davenport City Hall
  • Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Union Station
  • Davenport School offices or common areas*

(*Due to a change in school policy, catalogs are no longer being sent home with students. But they are available at the locations listed above.)


It's soccer fun on the golf course!  If you haven't tried it, now is the perfect time to try our newest sport - Footgolf. From now until the end of the season, Footgolf rates are half price during the week - only $5 per person.

Weekday rate:   $5.00 per person

Weekend rate:   $10.00 per person

Location:   Red Hawk Golf Course, 6364 Northwest Blvd Davenport IA 52806


Offering classes for kids ages 3 years and up, our learn to skate program is the best around.  We have an Olympic size sheet of ice where students learn their moves!  Skating also develops balance, coordination and socialization. Our next session starts November 6. Register now before it fills up!

More information go to our Online Catalog.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:57
Fans can enjoy $2 drinks and $5 tickets; amusements will also operate when gates open at 1 p.m.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (September 9, 2014) – Baseball season is not yet over at Modern Woodmen Park, as the Iowa Hawkeyes will play a 2 p.m. game Sunday at the Best Minor League Ballpark, where admission will be just $5, and fans can enjoy a combination of Thirst-Day Thursday and Family Sunday promotions – including $2 beers, pops and peanuts, dogs welcome to attend the game for Bark in the Park, and postgame Kids Run the Bases.
Gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday, and amusements will also operate when the Hawkeyes play their first game since 2011 at Modern Woodmen Park and open their fall schedule against the Ontario Blue Jays, one of Canada's top-ranked amateur baseball programs.
“The Quad Cities is proud to be Hawkeye Country, and we are delighted for the people of this great community to be the very first to see the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team in action this fall,” said Quad Cities River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “Fans will be able to enjoy a great day at America's best minor league ballpark and watch their favorite college team while enjoying $2 beers and pops all day long!”
All individual tickets for Sundays game are just $5 each, while groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for just $3 each. All seating is first-come, first-served. Suite rentals for Sunday's game are $200 each.  Tickets are available by calling the Modern Woodmen Park box office at 563-324-3000. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through Friday and starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday. At Sunday's game, parking in the lots adjacent to Modern Woodmen Park will be free.
Amusements will operate for Sunday's game, as well as the usual September weekend hours on Friday (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.).
The Hawkeyes finished 30-23 overall last spring, posting a 10-14 record in the Big Ten Conference. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were 12-6-5 over the 2014 season. The 2013 Ontario Blue Jays team featured 23 players who later committed to play collegiate baseball, including 19 at the NCAA Division I level.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, 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.

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Written by Melissa Secker   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:12

PORT BYRON, IL -Homecoming week and the week leading up to the Nick Teddy 5k coincide, and so Riverdale Elementary and the Nick Teddy 5k have joined forces for some fun activities. !

Homecoming “theme week” at Riverdale involves a daily theme to promote school spirit. On Thursday, September 11, the theme will be teddy bears, and students are encouraged to “Wear the Bear.” !

And Riverdale Elementary’s 100-Mile Club will kick off its season at the Nick Teddy 5k in Port Byron on September 13, 2014. !

The Nick Teddy Foundation will help in all the fun by marching in the Homecoming parade, ordering t-shirts for students interested in wearing its own signature bear, and by discounting the NT5k entry fee. !

Riverdale PE teacher and 100 Mile Club program director Melissa Secker said, “The kids look forward to participating in the Nick Teddy event...for some they are excited to run their very first 5K, and others are excited to receive their first special event shoe charm.”! !

The 100 Mile Club is a national initiative to promote childhood fitness, and fight inactivity and obesity. The organization provides resources and support to schools, to develop fun and engaging ways for kids to keep moving. Each 100-Mile Club participant has a goal to run or walk 100 miles during the school year. Credits are earned for each mile, and as they accumulate, students are awarded shoe charms to mark their achievements. Those who complete 100 miles earn a trophy. !

The “Nick Teddy 5k” is an annual celebration of the life of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2011 at age 29. The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in his memory, and works to raise money for Ewing’s sarcoma research, to increase awareness of the disease in the Quad City area, and to support local Ewing’s patients and their families. Several area children and adults are currently affected by this disease. !

More information on the Nick Teddy Foundation and the Nick Teddy 5k can be found online at:,
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For more information on Riverdale Elementary’s 100 Mile Club, contact: Melissa Secker, Riverdale Elementary PE, Phone: 309-523-3186, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !


Milton Hershey School Roots for Alum Garry Gilliam In His First NFL Game PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Straub   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:34

MHS community rallying behind one of its own

HERSHEY, PA— Milton Hershey School® (MHS) graduate Garry Gilliam 2009 will make his official NFL debut tonight as an offensive tackle for the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks. Gilliam, an undrafted free agent, was signed this weekend as part of the Seahawk’s 53-man roster.

“When people tell me there’s a high chance that I can’t do something or won’t do something, it drives me to prove them wrong. So, it definitely feels good when you know all of your hard work paid off and you get a spot on the team,” Gilliam said.

Gilliam enrolled at MHS, a cost-free, private, residential school for children from families of low-income, when he was seven years old. The school provided him with a top-notch education, structured home life and access to a variety of activities.

“There is a lot of support at Milton Hershey School, and the way the classes are structured definitely helped me in college. The school also can make you grow up, and if you embrace the opportunities, it can definitely benefit anyone,” Gilliam said.

An honor roll student at MHS, Gilliam also played four sports. He was named an All-American, All-State and All-Mid Penn Conference honoree as a four-year starter, playing tight end and defensive end. He also participated in the Big 33 game.

“Garry is an excellent representation of the Milton Hershey School graduate who works tremendously hard to achieve a goal. His MHS family is extremely proud. It is always wonderful to see our graduates moving on and leading successful and productive lives postgraduation,” MHS President Peter Gurt ’85 said.

After graduating from MHS, Gilliam played four years as tight end and offensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions. He graduated in 2013 with a double major in advertising/public relations, and management.

Gilliam will suit up for his first NFL game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle tonight against the Green Bay Packers at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

Click here to find out more about Garry Gilliam’s journey from MHS to Seattle.

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Milton Hershey School® offers a top-notch education, state-of-the art facilities, advanced technology and a wide array of activities to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of low income. This cost-free, private, coeducational school in Hershey, PA is funded by a trust established by Milton and Catherine Hershey. The school provides a positive, structured home life year-round and an excellent education, focusing on the whole child. Our vision centers on high-quality academics, college preparation, career readiness and providing children with the skills necessary to be successful in all aspects of life. Learn more at

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