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

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!


Additional Hours for Open Gym

July 21st, 2014

During the heat advisory July 21 & 22, ICYF will have open gym at the Blake Fieldhouse from 1-8 pm. This includes access to the upper track. Bring your own basketballs, volleyballs, etc. and avoid the heat and humidity in the air conditioned Fieldhouse.

For the rest of the summer, ICYF will have open gym from 1-5 pm on weekdays. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult during open gym.

Open Gym Summer Schedule

June 5th, 2014


ICYF Open Gym is Monday-Friday afternoons from 1-3 pm during the summer, with a couple exceptions:

  • June 3-5, there is no open gym due to basketball camps in the Blake Fieldhouse.
  • No open gym June 23-July 6 because the Blake Fieldhouse is closed for maintenance and cleaning. Open Gym will begin again Monday, July 7.

Open Gym Schedule Update — May 2014

May 16th, 2014

On Wednesday, May 21, the Blake Fieldhouse will be closed for one week for the set-up and clean-up of two high school graduation ceremonies, Norwalk High School on Saturday, May 24, and Indianola High School on Sunday, May 25.

The Blake Fieldhouse will re-open for open gym on Wednesday, May 28.

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.


When is the Blake Fieldhouse open to the public?

Mondays – Thursdays

6:00-9:00 pm

Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult during open gym.

Schedule changes will be sent out on our Facebook page, Twitter account, and to our email address list for open gym updates (sign up form found below).

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.