Bucks Partner with Northwoods League Foundation for “Share the Glove” Initiative

Waterloo, Iowa – The Waterloo Bucks have teamed up with the Northwoods League Foundation to provide $2,500 in value of baseball equipment to an area youth baseball team.  The Foundation’s grant, which is part of the “Share the Glove” initiative, is one of 20 grants in each NWL community.

The Northwoods League Foundation is celebrating the 25th season of the Northwoods League by donating $50,000 in youth Rawlings baseball and softball equipment in 2018.  Each grant will include two sets of catcher’s gear, ten gloves, eight batting helmets, six bats and one bucket of practice balls.  Ten baseball grants will be awarded, one in each North Division market.  And ten softball grants will be awarded, one in each South Division market.

Organizations must meet applicable criteria related to IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines and the Northwoods League Foundation’s Mission.  The Waterloo Bucks are taking applications for the grant until April 12th.  The team or organization who is selected to receive the grant will be notified after May 8th.  The Bucks will then coordinate a date to present the recipients on the field during a Bucks home game this summer.

The “Share the Glove” Grant Application may be found at  Grant applications may be returned to Ben Knaack, Bucks’ Assistant General Manager at by the April 12th deadline.

“This is a great project that the Northwoods League Foundation is supporting here in the Cedar Valley,” said Knaack.  “We look forward to partnering with the Foundation and to continuing the ballclub’s Our Bucks community initiative for years to come.”

“Share the Glove is an exciting opportunity for the Foundation to support youth organizations throughout our communities during the highly visible celebration of the Northwoods League’s 25th anniversary,” said Gary Hoover, Northwoods League Foundation Secretary. “We not only have the chance to impact those communities where the Northwoods League operates, but to foster a love and appreciation for the games of baseball and softball through participation.”

The Northwoods League Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a vehicle to transform a shared passion for baseball into positive change and support for communities. The Mission of the Northwoods League Foundation is to utilize the game of baseball to enrich the quality of life for children and families with an enduring and caring focus on Northwoods League communities.

The Bucks play at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium where the team welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, and concessions equipment.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch during the off-season with the Bucks by utilizing their website at or utilizing the Northwoods League Mobile App.

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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.