{Sponsored Post} CR Kernels Take the Lead

The Kernels love Cedar Rapids and want to spread that love around the community through their new Take the Lead campaign.

Take the Lead was created to support local non-profit organizations and community outreach, while enhance the fundraising efforts of the Kernels Foundation.

The organization offers a number of programs to support the local community. Kernels players, staff and mascot, Mr. Shucks, make nearly 300 community appearances each year. Some examples of what the Kernels have done around the community include:

  • The League of Dreams: This program is a partnership of the Kernels, Perfect Game USA and Minor League Baseball, and gives over 150 children the opportunity to play in a non-competitive baseball program, free of charge.  This program has been going strong since 2008.
  • Kernels Summer Reading Program: The program encourages students to read throughout the summer and earn prizes.
  • Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship fund recently expanded to include two $1,000 scholarships to metro high school seniors.
  • The Kernels players and staff have also volunteered at a number of organizations, including Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Salvation Army.

kernels4To see why the Kernels are devoted to taking the lead, click the links below.


Take the Lead Mission Statement:

From the Front Office to the dugout, “Take the Lead” exemplifies how teamwork and collective efforts support and benefit the Cedar Rapids Corridor. The Kernels are committed to being the community beacon for education, social and recreation programs.



This is a sponsored post.  ICMB was compensated, either monetarily or with product, for writing the piece.  However, all opinions expressed are our own, and we love this organization and all that it has to offer to our community!

Sara and her husband Matt (sweethearts since they were just 16) got married in 2007, and since then have welcomed four beautiful children (Sam in 2008, Cooper in 2010, Nora in 2012, and Adam James in December 2015). A born-and-raised Iowan, Sara received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (in Spanish Literature) from the University of Iowa. She's still teaching Spanish wherever and whenever she can, but her true passion is owning Iowa City Moms and building this community alongside her amazing team. Sara is also the Community Engagement Coordinator for City Mom Collective, and the owner of Cowork Collective downtown Iowa City. Common denominator in all of these jobs: community, community, community.


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