Where Did the Eastern Iowa Sports Facility Get Its Start?
Owners Bud and Georgia Johnson have always had an affinity for baseball. Bud’s high school team, the Albert City-Truesdale Hurricanes, played in the 1971 state tournament which was played in Cedar Rapids in former Kingston Stadium. Georgia’s brother, Jim Van Scoyoc, is a former national high school baseball coach of the year from Norway, Iowa. The feature film “The Final Season” profiled Jim’s career and his legendary record of 12 state baseball championships.
In the summer of 2009, Bud and his wife Georgia were asked to umpire little league games in their home community of Monticello. It was this experience that sparked a renewed interest in the game.
While umpiring one summer night, one of the little league parent/coaches asked Bud if he knew of any empty buildings in town where a batting cage could be for off season training. Discussions of batting cage locations soon led Bud to ask, “What if the cages were oversized and what if there was available space for an indoor practice field?” Soon after, Bud and his wife Georgia formed the Eastern Iowa Sports Facility to give area youth a place to practice and improve their knowledge of baseball and softball.
Our mission at Eastern Iowa Sports Facility is to provide the opportunity to enhance your skills in sports. It was important to us to give area youth the same opportunities as those afforded youth in urban communities. Whether your goal is to land a college scholarship or just improve your skill level, we have the instruction and facilities to meet your needs.