HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Major League Baseball player and Indianola natives Casey Blake and his wife Abbie
initiated the Indianola Community Youth Foundation to fund efforts that will
benefit Indianola kids. The foundation was created as a way for the Blakes to give
back to their community and to build on Indianola’s reputation as a community committed to its youth.

THE FIRST MILLION

The million dollar donation from the Blakes was attached with one condition:
That the building renovations started within 24 months. The building will be connected to Indianola Middle School.

The first goal was to match the $1 million donation from Casey and Abbie Blake
and provide at least $2 million toward additional Indianola athletic facilities.

THE MILLION DOLLAR MATCH

The million dollar donation from the Blakes was attached with one condition:
That the building renovations started within 24 months. The building will be connected to Indianola Middle School.

The first goal was to match the $1 million donation from Casey and Abbie Blake
and provide at least $2 million toward additional Indianola athletic facilities.

BLAKE FIELDHOUSE

The Blake Fieldhouse was built and opened to the public August 2012.
The Fieldhouse hosts Mat Tribe, Soccer Tribe, Indianola Basketball Association, Indianola Volleyball Club,
Music Boosters, FFA, graduation ceremonies for area high schools, Big Band community dance,
Warren County job fair, Special Olympics, Honor choir and post prom events.

HIRED KIM SEBERG

Executive Director Kim Seberg joined ICYF 2013. A few of her responsibilities for ICYF include providing supervision at every Open Gym session, handling behind-the-scenes responsibilities of a nonprofit, meeting with community groups, answering questions about the Blake Fieldhouse, and rebounding free throws for middle school and high school students.

You might hear the Indianola students refer to her “Kimba” as that was the name given to her when she was one of 12 bridesmaids in an African wedding.

Prior to joining ICYF, Kim spent time working at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center as Program Coordinator, at Grimes United Methodist Church as the youth director, and graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in elementary education.

Partnered with Simpson College

The work-study program at Simpson College begins providing supervision for open gym.

Began working with Molly Rogalla

MRogalla Photography generously donates her time and talents to the ICYF Nutrition Banners featuring IHS students that are rotated throughout the Indianola community.

First Annual Fund Drive

Our annual Hall of Fame Campaign allows ICYF to continue helping the youth of Indianola become the very best they can be.

OUR VISION

ICYF’s vision for the future is to continue with our established programs plus add a new focus on helping kids obtain the items necessary for their success in school and in extracurricular activities. We will work through the schools to identify particular needs of students (who will remain anonymous) and provide what is necessary so they can participate like all other students.

We created a nutrition program to help families in the Indianola community make informed decisions about their meals and snacks. We are currently providing snacks for the varsity teams when they travel to a conference or district game (at the coach’s discretion). We are always working with the school district to determine when open gym times can be scheduled throughout the year and providing supervision for those open gym times.