League of Dreams
The historic flood of 2008 had a devastating impact on our community. Businesses and homes were lost. Quite possibly the most impacted group was the children of families that were already struggling to get by even before the flood took everything from them. It was through this despair that the League of Dreams youth baseball program was established.
The League of Dreams is an instructional, non-competitive, coach-pitch league open to current second and third grade students from ten area grade schools in Linn County. This joint venture between Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Perfect Game, Rawlings, and the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department has positively impacted thousands of children over the past 9 years. The only downside to the League of Dreams is that the program was only for second and third graders.
The Optimist Club of Cedar Rapids (Tuesday Noon), whose motto is "Friend of Youth" and the Optimist Foundation of Cedar Rapids, has donated $100,000 and have received naming rights to the League of Dreams Field at Prospect Meadows. The League of Dreams will play all their games on the Optimist Club Field at Prospect Meadows. This will allow the program to be expanded to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. The result of expanding the League of Dreams will allow many more kids get to play baseball that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to. Area role-models, including members of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, will invest time mentoring participating students in the game of life through the game of baseball.