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Congratulations to Bob Hellman for receiving an IPRA award!

Posted by on Apr 4 in News

WATERLOO, IOWA (March 29,2017)—Recently, the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association held its annual conference in Waterloo, and Bob Hellman was presented with the Claude Ahrens Community Service Award! The award is given every year to a citizen outside the parks and recreation profession who has supported recreational activities and resources within their communities, area, and state. As the founder of Build Our Ballpark, Hellman has helped create 39 state-of-the-art playing fields in five Iowa communities and one in California. Bob started...

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Cedar Valley Elite Baseball Academy

Posted by on Feb 20 in News

WATERLOO, IOWA — If you’re a fan of America’s favorite pastime, this won’t be the last time you see these talented faces! This group of young men and women gave up their Sundays this holiday season to hone their skills in baseball—and, for the first time, softball—under the guidance of some amazing collegiate and high school coaches at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. This year marked the first year of the Cedar Valley Elite Softball Academy, and we couldn’t have asked for a finer group of dedicated young women. The second...

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History of Waterloo Youth Baseball Now on Display

Posted by on Jan 26 in News

WATERLOO, IOWA (January 26, 2017) — Build Our Ballpark and the Optimist Club of Waterloo recently teamed up to create a tribute to 70 years of Waterloo boys’ and girls’ baseball and softball. Build Our Ballpark designed the interior display of a cabinet built by members of the Optimist Club, which can now be seen in the lobby of the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo. Bob Hellman, founder of Build Our Ballpark and member of the first Optimist Club boys’ baseball team in 1947, was more than happy to help out. “The...

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Kruger Hemmen Sports Complex to Open Spring 2016

Posted by on Jan 8 in News

Dike area residents stood watching, filled with excitement, as the first shovelfuls of soil were turned over during the July 6 groundbreaking ceremony for the Kruger-Hemmen Sports Complex. It will not only change the landscape, but will change the lives of countless kids for generations to come. “Thank you!” to all our contributors, with special recognition to: Major Donors Dennis and Holly Kruger Build Our Ballpark State Bank Black Hawk Gaming Association McElroy Trust The Hemmen Family Peoples Savings Bank The Guernsey...

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B.O.B. Welcomes New Board Member

Posted by on Aug 24 in Build Our Ballpark, News

WATERLOO, IOWA (August 24, 2015) – Build Our Ballpark, the organization dedicated to providing today’s youth with quality spaces to play baseball and softball, is thrilled to welcome a new member to its Board of Directors. Jolan Cockrell is an Art Director at Hellman, an advertising agency in Waterloo, Iowa. He has been active with Build Our Ballpark since the very beginning, when Hellman Field in Waterloo was in its concept phase. “I’m excited to work more closely with the group and continue building ballparks across the country, getting...

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Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark Opens May 9, 2015

Posted by on May 9 in News

Congratulations to the Menlo-Atherton Little League, Willie Mays, The Homer Foundation, Mike Gardner and Bob Hellman Jr. on the successful completion and opening of Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark, May 9, 2015. Build Our Ballpark is pleased to contribute the ballpark design concepts and the related fundraising and promotional materials.    

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Run the Bases 5k/10k Raises $5,000 for Build Our Balllpark

Posted by on Aug 20 in News

Inaugural Race Draws Hundreds of Athletes and Fans WATERLOO, IOWA (August 20, 2014) – Build Our Ballpark and the Cedar Valley SportsPlex hit it out of the park on Saturday with their first – ever Run the Bases 5K/10K. The event, which included a short Fun Run for kids in addition to the 5K and 10K races, drew about 225 participants, even more family and friends, and raised more than $5,000 for Build Our Ballpark. “We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout for the first year of this race,” said Bob Hellman, founder and executive...

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First Ever “Run the Bases 5k/10k” to Benefit Build Our Ballpark

Posted by on Jul 31 in News

Cedar Valley SportsPlex Hosts Event to Support Ballpark Projects WATERLOO, IOWA (July 31, 2014) – One local nonprofit hopes to hit a grand slam with a brand new 5K/10K because of the cause behind it and the unique twist they’re adding. The first-ever Run the Bases 5K/10K will be hosted by the Cedar Valley SportsPlex on Saturday, August 16. All proceeds will benefit Build Our Ballpark. Build Our Ballpark, founded in 2008, has helped build or renovate 15 youth baseball and softball fields across Waterloo, and is now working on projects in...

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Fourth Annual Coaches of the Year Nominations Open

Posted by on Jul 9 in News

Awards to Recognize Volunteer Coaches’ Commitment to Kids WATERLOO, IOWA (July 9, 2014) – The fourth annual Build Our Ballpark Coaches of the Year ceremony will take place Monday, August 4, honoring volunteer youth baseball and softball coaches in Waterloo. Hosted by Build Our Ballpark and Waterloo Leisure Services, the Coaches of the Year awards began in 2011 to recognize coaches who exceed expectations in teaching kids about baseball, softball and life. Bob Hellman founded Build Our Ballpark, a nonprofit dedicated to providing kids quality...

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Second Annual Sweepstakes Celebrates Youth Baseball Softball Day

Posted by on May 6 in News

Build Our Ballpark Gives Kids Another Chance to Win Big WATERLOO, IOWA (May 6, 2014) – After a successful event last spring, local nonprofit Build Our Ballpark is once again sponsoring a sweepstakes for young baseball and softball players to win a shopping spree for new equipment. In celebration of Youth Baseball Softball Day on May 19, the second annual sweepstakes will allow one winner and his or her team to receive Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards. “We had so many great entries last year and couldn’t wait to do it again,” said Bob Hellman,...

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