WHO: Hy-Vee Food Stores, Hormel and the Scott County Family Y

WHAT: 2009 Kids Triathlon

WHEN: Saturday, June 6. Opening Ceremonies - 8am. Race Starts - 9am. Post-Race Party and Closing Ceremonies after the last event.

WHERE: North Family YMCA, 624 West 53rd Street, Davenport, IA. (563.391.7771)

WHY: The Scott County Family Y is please to be the host the 2nd Annual Hy-Vee/Hormel Kids Triathlon. This USA Triathlon sanctioned event is geared towards supporting the next generation of Olympic and features swimming, biking and running competitions for children between the ages of 7 and 14. This event is expected to draw more than 200 children from across Iowa and Illinois and is the largest venue in the region. Hy-Vee/Hormel Kids Triathlons have taken place or will be happening in Omaha, Kansas City, Sioux City and Rochester. Proceeds from the Quad Cities event will benefit the Quad Cities YMCAs.

U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team member - Jarrod Shoemaker will be attending this year's event. Jarrod is currently ranked 1st in the United States and 9th in World. He recently finished 12 in the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series Madrid on May 31.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 19, 2009) - The Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American presented by Chevy is set to take place on the Mississippi River May 28-30. This prestigious championship, hosted by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, annually shines an international media spotlight on the nation's best weekend anglers.


"The Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy is a championship event unlike any other," said Charlie Evans, president and CEO of FLW Outdoors. "This championship gives the best weekend anglers from all across this great country the chance to compete on one of the best fisheries, the Mississippi River, and ultimately vie for the chance to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup, the crown jewel of bass fishing."


In addition to incredible fishing, the All-American will feature a Free Family Fun Zone and Outdoor Show with children's rod and reel giveaways courtesy of Cumulus Quad Cities and a home entertainment package giveaway on the final day of competition. For full details, visit www.flwoutdoors.com/allamerican.


The three-day show will be held at the RiverCenter located at 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport, Iowa. The Family Fun Zone and Outdoor Show will open at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29. On Saturday, May 30, the show will open at noon. Daily takeoffs will be conducted at 7 a.m. from Sunset Park Marina in Rock Island, Ill., and weigh-ins each day will be held at the RiverCenter at 4 p.m. The home entertainment package winner will be drawn from the crowd during the final weigh-in. Admission and all activities are free.


Prior to the event, Team Chevy will be in town for Chevy Pro Night at Lujack Chevrolet, located at 3700 N. Harrison St. in Davenport, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. The team, consisting of Jimmy Houston, Larry Nixon, Luke Clausen, Kim Stricker, Dion Hibdon, Anthony Gagliaradi and Jay Yelas, has accumulated seven tour-level victories in FLW Outdoors competition alone. This team also boasts combined FLW Outdoors earnings of more than $4.5 million. Hibdon and Clausen also are two of only five anglers in the history of the sport to have won both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmaster Classic.

The first 100 fans attending Chevy Pro Night will receive a free FLW Outdoors hat. Additionally, fans can register to win fishing rods, fishing tackle, a die cast Ranger boat and children 14 and under can register to win youth rod and reels.

In BFL competition, boaters and non-boaters are randomly paired each day, with boaters supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other boaters. Non-boaters fish from the back deck against other non-boaters. The full field competes in the two-day opening round for one of 10 slots in Saturday's competition based on their two-day accumulated weight. The top 10 boaters and non-boaters continue competition Saturday, with the winner from each determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all three days.  

Coverage of the BFL All-American will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS, the network which brings anglers the best fishing programming on television featuring the most-trusted authorities on the water. The Emmy-nominated "FLW Outdoors," will air Aug. 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. "FLW Outdoors," hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide, including internationally through agreements with WFN (World Fishing Network) and Matchroom Sport making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world.


FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. FLW Outdoors also has taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing, offering the largest awards possible in the history of fantasy sports, $10 million in cash and prizes. Sign up for Player's Advantage for only $10 to get your edge and win.

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player's Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.

Armed Services YMCA and Department of Defense partnership gives military families access to youth development, family strengthening, and health and well-being programs

Davenport, IA & Moline, IL - May 15, 2009 – As part of the new Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and Department of Defense (DoD) Outreach Initiative, The Scott County Family Y and the Two Rivers YMCA also known as the Quad Cities YMCAs, are providing military families with access to youth development, family strengthening, and health and well-being programs at community YMCAs nationwide. Membership fees will be underwritten by the DoD and administered through Military OneSource, an information and referral service for military families. YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for America's 2,686 YMCAs, will help launch the initiative at participating YMCAs across the country.

"The Quad Cities YMCAs are happy to help meet the critical needs facing families of deployed military service members," said Tony Calabrese, Chief Operating Officer for the Scott County Family Y. "Families are the most affected when a loved one gets deployed, so we are deeply committed to providing them with the support they need."

The ASYMCA-DoD Outreach Initiative responds to a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, which requires the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to support military family readiness and to ensure that military family readiness programs and activities are available to all military families, including those of the National Guard and Military Reservists.

Eligible military families participating in the initiative are eligible for YMCA memberships based on participation requirements. Those eligible to participate in the new initiative include :

  • All interested families of joint deployed National Guard and Reserves of all military branches;

  • Families living in newly established Joint Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) bases;

  • Active Duty Independent Duty station personnel and their families; and

  • Relocated spouses and family members of deployed Active Duty personnel.

"The YMCA has a long history of supporting military service members and their families - since the Civil War - so it was natural for us to join this initiative," said Mike Wennekamp, Associate Executive Director of the Two Rivers YMCA. "During this time of conflict, it is more important than ever that we continue providing services and support to these families in the absence of a deployed spouse."

More information about the ASYMCA-DoD Outreach Initiative can be found by visiting www.asymca.org. For information about participating YMCAs, please visit www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org or www.TwoRiversYMCA.org or www.ymca.net.

Rivermont Collegiate enthusiastically announces that Dave Wessel will take over as head boys' basketball coach, following one year as a volunteer assistant.

Wessel has 409 wins in his high school coaching career, which has spanned 49 years, 38 of which were as head coach.  His Davenport West teams won state championships in 1971 and 1994.

Wessel was inducted into the Coe College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, the Iowa High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame in 2004, and will be inducted into the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame on April 29th of this year.

Davenport, IA - Volunteers for Symphony is proud to announce its 2nd annual Derby Day, an evening of fun, food, and horse racing benefiting youth music education in the Quad Cities, on Saturday, May 2, at 4 PM. Derby Day is at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and feels like it's at Churchill Downs. The party includes horse races, authentic Derby Cuisine, a Kentucky Bourbon tasting, live auction, generous raffles, and live music. All attending will take home a commemorative mint julep glass created especially for this year's event. Derby attire is optional and the afternoon's festivities include a hat contest.

This year's auction items include a trip to the 2010 Kentucky Derby, a little black dress designed by emeDesigns, exclusive lodging at condos near Estes Park in Colorado and along the beach in California, a titanium drusy necklace from Doland Jewelers, an authentic northern Italian meal for 8 prepared by Maestro Mark Russell Smith, a wine tasting party for twelve, a four-day get away for two, and many more. For more details on all the auction items and raffle prizes, visit www.QCSymphony.com.

Derby Day is presented by Volunteers for Symphony and supports the nationally-recognized music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association, which reach more than 30,000 Quad City area students each year. Our VfS members contribute their time, talents, and resources year-round to support the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's missions. Proceeds from VfS fundraising projects such as Derby Day and the upcoming Second Fiddle Sale are directly invested in the operation of the Youth Ensembles and other music education programs.

Derby Day is just $75 and reservations can be made at 563-322-QCSO or online at www.QCSymphony.com.


Scott County Family Y Celebrates YMCA Healthy Kids® Day on April 18

DAVENPORT, IA - April 10, 2009 - On Saturday, April 18, the Scott County Family Y invites the Quad Cities to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids® Day, the nation's largest health day for children and families. YMCA Healthy Kids Day includes fun, engaging and creative activities for children and families and promotes year-long wellness and healthy living. YMCA Healthy Kids Day events are free and open to all.

"As families struggle to balance life's daily demands and persevere during an economic downturn, it is important that we reach beyond our YMCA facility to the entire community," says Deb Gustafson, Executive Director of YMCA Child Care and Family Services. "We've been doing this with the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day event for more than 5 years. Through this event, the Scott County Family Y and our community partners have given our neighbors the opportunity to take their minds off daily stresses, and instead have fun and focus on positive sustainable healthy lifestyle changes together, as a family."

This year's event is from 8:30am-1pm, at the West Family YMCA, 3603 West Locust Street Davenport. It will feature a highly interactive concert with nationally recognized children's performer CJ. His children's music has been described as the "Wiggles meets "Justin Timberlake" and is designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. He will be performing from 11am to Noon and is being sponsored by the Davenport Community School District. Other activities taking place at the 2009 Healthy Kids Day event include : Family Body Vive; cheerleading clinic; youth obstacle course, family Zumba; healthy sneak creation and appearances by area mascots - Quad City Riverbandits Rascal, Scrubby Bear from the American Red Cross, Happy the Dog from Happy Joes and many more. Community agencies also participating in YMCA Healthy Kids Day are Medic EMS, Davenport Fire Department, Scott County Health Department, I Smile Program and many more.

For the past 150 years, the Scott County Family Y has supported families and individuals in good times and bad. During this period of uncertainty, the YMCA mission of providing opportunities for healthy spirit, mind and body for all, is more important than ever. "In tough economic times, it is imperative to keep focus on the important areas of our lives - the areas in which we have the power to make a positive difference?health and well-being, family and community," added Gustafson.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated across the country at more than 1,700 YMCAs. Last year, more than 700,000 attendees participated in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events nationwide.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is supported by the following national donors: Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney, Eli Lilly and Company, Huggies Little Swimmers Brand, Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Tropicana. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is also supported by the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, call the West Family YMCA at (563) 386-4414 or visit: www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org.


The Quad City Sports Center is excited to be hosting its 3rd Annual Trivia Night. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18th at 6pm. You can register now by calling the Quad City Sports Center or stopping by to pick up a registration form. Day of registration will start at 5pm on April 18th. Cost is $10 per person or $100 for a table of 10. Mr. Trivia will be here and it's sure to be lots of fun! There will be prizes for the winning team, raffles and much more!! Drink will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own snacks or grab something from our concession stand. All proceeds from this event go to assist with the further development of our One Goal and Learn to Skate programs. For more information or to register call 563-322-5220.

A full schedule of events can be found online at www.qcscskate.com or by calling 563-322-5220.


The Quad City Sports Center is excited to have the Easter Bunny appearing on Sunday, April 5th. The Easter Bunny will be skating off and on from 2-4pm. Come see him before he is off to deliver Easter baskets! The Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities will also have skaters out on the ice helping out new skaters. At 4pm we will have an on ice 'egg hunt' for kids who attended the session. This event is just one of a number of events the Quad City Sports Center hosts each year. Other upcoming promotions include a Mothers Day Skate, Fathers Day Skate, and more Skate the Day Away promotions! For more information call the Quad City Sports Center at 563-322-5220.

A full schedule of events and programs can be found online at www.qcscskate.com or by calling 563-322-5220
DAVENPORT, Iowa - February 16, 2009 - One of the most popular Scott County Family Y group fitness classes is picking up the pace all in an effort to help area families in need. The West Family YMCA, a branch of the Scott County Family Y, will hold a SPIN-A-DAY AWAY event on Saturday, March 7.

This biking event will span 8 hours and will offer participants a variety of cycles including uprights, recumbent, air dynes and spinners along with music that begs your legs to pedal all while having tons of fun, all benefiting Quad City area children and families who are seeking quality childcare, mentoring and health and fitness programming. "Cycling is the hottest aerobic class in town," says Sherry Emerick, West Family YMCA Executive Director. "Participants come from all walks of life but have the same common goal - getting into the best shape they can. They do it with determination and energy like no one has ever seen so what better way to raise some much needed monies than by harnessing this energy and putting a whole new spin on the a traditional fundraiser."

SPIN-A-DAY AWAY biking fundraiser costs $25 per hour or $150 per bike for the day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign-up. The event pushes off at 8am on Saturday, March 7, at the West Family YMCA, 3503 West Locust Street, Davenport. Each hour will offer a different musical theme in addition to door prizes, giveaways, healthy snacks and drinks and party favors. Every dollar raised goes directly to the Scott County Family Y's Partner with Youth/Kids to Camp Annual Campaign. Currently there are more than 10,000 area children who are seeking quality childcare, mentoring and health and fitness programming. In addition, more than 2,500 youth, families and seniors are in need of financial assistance to become YMCA members. Participation in this event will help ensure that no one is turned away due to their inability to pay.

The West Family YMCA is a branch of the Scott County Family Y. For more information about this event or to make a reservation, call (563) 386-4414 or for more information about the programs and services offered through the Scott County Family Y, visit www.scottcountyfamilyy.org.

The Quad-City Disc Golf Club, or QCDGC, is once again hosting the annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl, set for Feb. 21 at Prospect Park, Moline. Proceeds from this year's event again will benefit the River Bend Foodbank, Moline. Last year's QC Ice Bowl gathered about 250 pounds of food and more than $600.

The Ice Bowl is for all those disc golfers gutsy, crazy, desperate or fun-loving enough to join together in an act of disc golf solidarity. Regardless of the weather conditions, the idea is to have fun, raise funds and food for a local food bank and dispel the gloom of winter. There are mandatory Ice Bowl Rules: No. 1 - Under no circumstances may an Ice Bowl be cancelled or postponed because of weather conditions. No. 2 - No wimps or whiners are allowed. No. 3 - There are no excuses for not attending ... Either be there or be a wimp! For 2007, more than 200 Ice Bowls have been scheduled throughout North America and in parts of Europe.

Registration for the Ice Bowl runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the shelter by the pond and tee off is at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $15 plus 5 canned goods. Each entrant gets a player's pack containing an Ice Bowl commemorative disc. Players are encouraged to bring more canned goods, as the person who donates the most canned good items will take home an Innova DISCatcher portable basket. All players are welcome regardless of ability and the field will be split into three categories: Recreational, Intermediate and Pro. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. For more information, visit www.qcdiscgolfclub.com.

All proceeds and canned good goods collected with go to River Bend Foodbank, Moline. River Bend Foodbank distributes to more than 300 charitable community organizations that support the hungry. The Foodbank's service area includes the Quad Cities and 22 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. For more about the River Bend Foodbank, please visit www.riverbendfoodbank.org.