Help fund the Optimist League of Dreams Program
The League of Dreams was created after the flood in 2008 in partnership with Perfect Game, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Minor League Baseball, and Rawlings to provide opportunities for under-served 2nd and 3rd graders in the Cedar Rapids metro area the opportunity to play in a baseball league at no cost. Prospect Meadows expanded the league to include 4th and 5th graders in 2019 in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Tuesday Noon Optimist Club, and has taken over the full operation of the League of Dreams in 2021. As a non-profit, Prospect Meadows relies on the generosity of the community to help fund programs that help us fulfill our mission to provide a place to play for all youth.
We were able to resume the Optimist League of Dreams program in 2021 after we were forced to cancel in 2020 due to the shutdowns related to COVID-19. This season we were able to provide the opportunity of the League of Dreams to 52 local youth! This opportunity was available in large part due to the success and generosity of those who donated to the 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign. We were fortunate enough to raise $9,040 towards the League of Dreams on Giving Tuesday 2020! Our goal is to raise $12,000 this year as we grow the League of Dreams program and provide more opportunities to the youth of Linn County. We hope to serve at least 75 kids in the 2022 Optimist League of Dreams.
“Amazing!” “So much fun Mom!” “I cannot wait until next week!” These were some of the expressions that my son told us after he played with the League of Dreams. As a parent, you always want the best for your child but you also want to make sure you fit them with the right team and/or game. The League of Dreams provided a way for our son to learn the game and have fun doing it. We believe that this program is a way for kids to just enjoy playing the game and not always think about the win. I highly recommend this program to those who want to be a part of a team with a small town feel. It is fun to watch our kids play the game and hear how much fun they had. Reminds me of playing ball out in the backyard at home. Thank you for providing a great program.
Katie Powell - Parent
About #Giving Tuesday:
First, there is a day of thanks. Then, there are three days of getting deals. Now we have a day to give back.
Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving and celebrating generosity. For Prospect Meadows, this is a day that brings the community together to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. We are asking for your help to make the League of Dreams experience a reality for underserved children throughout Linn County.