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Prospect Meadows

PST baseball coming to Prospect Meadows

The primary goal of the new Prospect Meadows sports complex is to give  every boy and girl in our community a chance to play ball.

The Positive Sports Training youth baseball program heartily agrees  and has scheduled at least 86 games at Prospect Meadows this season.  Additional games could be added during the year.

Positive Sports Training has been in existence for more than 30 years.

There are 195 teams and approximately 2,500 boys in the program this  season. The age groups run from 7-and-under through 14-and-under.

The PST games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights  at Prospect Meadows, which is located north of Marion at the juncture  of Highway 13 and County Home Road.

"We are very excited to see the number of teams aligned with Positive  Sports Training coming out to Prospect Meadows to play this spring and  summer," said Jack Roeder, the general manager of the sparkling new  complex. "One of our main goals from Day 1 was to give a large number  of local kids the opportunity to play at this beautiful new facility,  and this starts the process."



Tim Brecht joins crew at Prospect Meadows

Tim Brecht loves baseball and fast-pitch softball, he greatly enjoys  working with kids and he likes being involved with the community.

He's found a perfect job that combines his passions at Prospect Meadows.

Brecht, 57, has been hired to help with community relations and  marketing at Prospect Meadows, which opens this spring.

He'll be involved with camps, leagues, tournaments, classes and  bringing as many kids and teams to Prospect Meadows as possible.  He'll also be working to help expand the League of Dreams program,  along with the Miracle League for people with disabilities.

Brecht, who began working at Prospect Meadows about a month ago, did  not realize the complex was so close to being ready with eight  regulation diamonds and the Miracle Field.

He'll be working with General Manager Jack Roeder, assistant GM  Steve James and the Board of Directors to help make Prospect Meadows  a big success.



New radio ads promote Donor Wall

The Rotary Donor Wall is shaped like a giant map of Iowa. Its  patriotic colors are red, white and blue. It's got stars and stripes,  just like an American flag. And there are 600 replica baseballs for  your name to be inscribed for all eternity.

The only thing missing is a slice of apple pie.

Prospect Meadows has begun a major radio advertising campaign to  continue selling spots on the wall to individuals, families and  companies who would like to become part of history by having their  names placed on the new iconic structure.

The ads will be airing locally on Cedar Rapids radio stations KHAK,  WMT and KGYM as Prospect Meadows continues to raise money for the new  baseball and softball complex that opens this spring.

Tens of thousands of people will be coming to Prospect Meadows each  year and one of the first things they'll see when they walk through  the gate is the eye-catching Donor Wall.

You can become a part of history at Prospect Meadows by having your  name on that wall. At the same time, you'll be making a valuable  contribution to the project.

For $500, you can have your name on one of the 600 baseballs on the  Rotary Donor Wall. And for $2,000, you can have your name on one of  the stars on the unique structure.



Kiwanis pledges $300,000 for Miracle Field

The motto for all the Kiwanis Clubs on the international stage is  “Serving the children of the world right here at home.”

The local Kiwanis Clubs in Marion,  Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha have  embraced that motto right here in Linn County by pledging $300,000 for  naming rights to the new Miracle Field at Prospect Meadows.

The Miracle Field will give children and people of all ages with  disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a field that’s being  built specifically for them, with a cushioned rubberized surface,  wheelchair-accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to  eliminate barriers.

Byron Tabor, a member of two local Kiwanis Clubs, is serving as  president of the Kiwanis Miracle League at Prospect Meadows, and he’s  delighted that his organization will have its name permanently  attached to the Miracle Field, which will be the only one in our area.

Tabor has seen people playing on the Miracle Field in Des Moines, a  facility that has served as a model for the facility at Prospect  Meadows.

“It’s about helping the kids,” he said.  "Once you see it happen, the absolute pure joy those kids have is joyous to see."

The Miracle Field will be located just inside the entrance to Prospect  Meadows in a prime location.



Prospect Meadows will feature top talent

Imagine baseball teams filled with Division I college prospects and  future Major League draft picks coming to Linn County for premier  tournaments and events.

Imagine somebody like Manny Machado, who just agreed to a $300 million  contract with the San Diego Padres, coming to town as a budding high  school player with enormous talent.

Steve James, the Assistant General Manager at Prospect Meadows, does  not have to imagine players like that. He witnessed it first-hand  during his years at Perfect Game USA, and he’ll be seeing the same  thing now with Perfect Game staging a string of its top events at  Prospect Meadows this year.

Perfect Game plans to hold up to 16 events at Prospect Meadows in 2019  as the primary tenant at the new facility that’s being built just  north of Marion at the juncture of Highway 13 and County Home Road.

The grand opening is planned for this spring. The first tournament  will be the Midwest Memorial Day Classic from May 24-27 and the  schedule of events will run through October.

The Memorial Day Classic is for 12U, 13U and 14U age groups, but there  will be plenty of high school-level events as the calendar moves  along. Perfect Game USA is considered the top amateur baseball  scouting service in the country with its events all over the United  States.



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