Youth Exercise Their Way into the End Zone and a Healthier Lifestyle with Iowa BIG Project with Cedar Rapids River Kings

Feb 17, 2020

Iowa BIG is a partnership with area school districts that connects high school students with businesses to provide an experience-based learning environment. The business community plays an important role in Iowa BIG’s success by creating projects for students to work on and learn from. Organizations of any size and industry can partner with Iowa BIG. The Cedar Rapids River Kings wanted to work with Iowa BIG students on a project to connect with children between 5 and 14 years old in a meaningful way.

The River Kings and Iowa BIG students came up with a program that encourages youth to be physically active and reward them for exercising with prizes like tickets to River Kings games, and even a chance to win an Xbox One. In just a few months, a program was developed and launched. The program has been rolled out in several area school districts including Alburnett Community, Cedar Rapids, College Community, Benton Community, Clear Creek Amana, Linn-Mar, and Iowa City Community. Between 8,000 to 10,000 students may be part of this program. Iowa BIG students organized assemblies where they, along with River Kings and their mascot Leo, visited schools to introduce youth to the program and get them excited and moving.

Upcoming Lunch and Learn EVENTS for Iowa BIG Partners

In response to feedback from business and nonprofit partners stating that they would like better understanding and more guidance on working with Iowa BIG students, Iowa BIG will be offering a monthly, four-part series over the lunch hour on select days starting in February through May. Topics covered will include Understanding the Teenage Brain, Introduction to Agile Mindset, and Radical Candor/Giving Honest Feedback. Lunch will be provided, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and to network with fellow partners. Space is limited for this inaugural series.

These events are ideal for businesses and nonprofits currently working on projects with Iowa BIG students. To register, please email Iowa Big Strategic Partnership Specialists Laura Seyfer at or Amanda Zhorne at

Intro to Agile

Tuesday, March 10 | noon - 1 p.m.

Van Meter

Radical Candor

Tuesday, April 14 | noon -1 p.m.

Mount Mercy University Graduate Center

Partner Sharing/Project Development

Thursday, May 14 | 4 - 5 p.m.

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

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