The Indianola Community Youth Foundation exists to
give back to the Indianola youth and community.

Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant

April 10th, 2014

Indianola Community Youth Foundation Receives $7500 Community Betterment Grant from Prairie Meadows

INDIANOLA, IA – Indianola Community Youth Foundation has received a $7500 grant from Prairie Meadows through its 2014 Community Betterment Grant Program.

The 2014 Prairie Meadows Community Betterment grant award will help to further supply the Blake Fieldhouse with items that will enhance the user experience in the facility.

“We are pleased and grateful to have been selected to receive this grant from Prairie Meadows,” said ICYF co-founder and retired professional baseball player Casey Blake. “The goal of ICYF is to recognize and foster the talents of the young people in our community and provide opportunities for them to succeed. This money will help us continue to do that in the Fieldhouse.”

The Prairie Meadows Grants Advisory Committee, comprised of community, business and education leaders from the greater Des Moines area, thoroughly review all Community Betterment Grant Applications. After their review, the Grant Advisory Committee presents their funding recommendations to the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors for review and approval.

Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.4 billion through taxes, grants and charitable donations to the state of Iowa. More than $600 million of that figure has remained right here in our community to promote economic development, agriculture, jobs and tourism.


National High School Hall of Fame

March 4th, 2014

Casey Blake will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame this summer.

Five outstanding former high school athletes, including legendary Cleveland Browns’ tight end Ozzie Newsome from Alabama and pro basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway from Tennessee, headline the 2014 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

Joining Newsome and Hardaway as athletes in the 2014 class are Casey Blake, a four-sport star at Indianola (Iowa) High School, who had a 13-year professional baseball career; Michael Devereaux, a four-sport standout at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyoming, who enjoyed an 12-year professional baseball career; and Suzy Powell, a basketball and track and field star at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California, who competed in three Olympic Games.

These five individuals, along with four high school coaches, one contest official, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 95th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

Congratulations, Casey!


2014 Cards with Casey

January 21st, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Only 200 spots will be available for a fun-filled evening of Texas Hold ‘Em poker, food catered from Valentine Food Company, drink and prizes with Major League baseball player Casey Blake. Secure your spot today and bring your $100 registration fee with you the day of the tournament. Cash and check will be accepted. Visa cards will be presented to tournament winners.

All proceeds go to the Indianola Community Youth Foundation, working to benefit the youth of Indianola.
All participants must be at least 21 years of age.

Cards with Casey gets under way at 4;30 p.m., at 2008 E. Second Ave. in Indianola.
Registration opens at 4:00 p.m.




ICYF Year in Review

January 2nd, 2014

It has been a great year for ICYF.  We want to offer our thanks to this Indianola community, recap our year, and let you know our plans for 2014 and beyond. Blake Fieldhouse Over 600 hours of free, supervised open gym time was offered throughout this past year to the Indianola community at the Blake […]

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When is the Blake Fieldhouse open to the public?

Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

No Open Gym on Easter Sunday 4/20/14

Mondays – Thursdays

5:30-6:30 am // (upper track only)

6:00-9:00 pm*


1-5 pm

*In the event of inclement spring weather, track and soccer practices are moved to the Blake Fieldhouse. This changes the open gym hours from 7-9 pm on those evenings. Schedule changes will be sent out on our Facebook page, Twitter account, and to our email address list for open gym updates.

Click here for the school district calendar of activities.

The Chris Street Memorial Gymnasium, also located at the Indianola Middle School, is managed by the school and open at various times throughout the year.