The Dugout: A Hawkeye Holiday


Dec. 26, 2014


Welcome to The Dugout. Iowa Softball’s new blog will reach out to fans and provide them the opportunity to connect with the student-athletes, coaches and staff who work hard every day to make the Hawkeye softball program a success. The Dugout aims to deliver a unique insight to the lives of Iowa Softball student-athletes. We will take you on our trips and provide first-person stories and interviews over the course of the season. We invite you watch as we work our way toward winning a Big Ten Championship.

Video by Erin Erickson
Junior, Outfielder

Written by Sarah Kurtz
Freshman, Outfielder/Infielder

IOWA CITY, Iowa — On the morning of Sunday, December 14, the whole Iowa softball crew piled into head coach Marla Looper‘s beautiful home for a true Christmas morning. The morning consisted of many festivities; we indulged in a delicious breakfast prepared by the coaching staff, wrapped gifts we had gathered for our adopted family, and competed in a gingerbread house making contest.

A few weeks prior to our get together, the team decided we wanted to sponsor another family this holiday season through the organization Children and Families of Iowa, located in Des Moines, Iowa. We split into groups and each group took it upon themselves to purchase gifts for its designated family member, which we then wrapped on Sunday morning to the sound of Christmas music and a crackling fire.

Giving back to the community is something Iowa Softball holds to a high esteem, which is why the opportunity to take in another family this season was never a question. Giving back to the community is an amazing opportunity for my teammates and I to lend a hand to those less fortunate. The community of Iowa City and supporters of Iowa softball have done so much for us, giving our time is the least we can do. They say giving is truly better than receiving, and after seeing the pleasure our team received from helping out our adopted family, it was evident.

Finally, we wrapped the morning up opening a few gifts of our own and competing in a gingerbread decorating contest. The battle was fierce; various groups smuggled in supplies to help push their houses over the edge. The coaches even got in on the action, creating a house of their own. The morning was full of food, wrapping and laughter as the Iowa softball team gathered for the final time before departing for winter break.

We wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year!

Video by Erin Erickson
Junior, Outfielder

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