The Quad Cities community is coming together to help its youngest members.
The Bettendorf Lil Dawgs is dedicated to the development of competitive girls fast-pitch softball for all ages in the Bettendorf school district.
The Lil Dawgs are 74-15 this season.
They won the state championship a couple weeks ago in Des Moines.
Local 4’s James Sears caught up with the team as they get ready for nationals.
It’s a first for this group of twelve girls.
“It’s going to be such a fun time with the girls,” says player Elliana Davis, “because it’s been so exciting to be with them for two years, and I can’t wait to be with the even longer.”
And it’s a proud moment for their parents.
“We are super excited,” says Lynn Schulte, “and to see these girls grow from when they started, and in three years develop and these amazing coaches that have helped, it’s pretty awesome.”
Adam Hultman is one of four coaches, along with Jana Woltz, Jared Savina, and Kris Wentink.
He says the girls have put in a lot of hard work to get to this moment.
These girls have been with the Lil Dawgs for three years. They’re very strong field on the field, and what helps is all the fun they have off the field.
“We have some parties sometimes and people aren’t left out,” says player Sara Cullem, “we’re like sisters.”
Player Brynn Hultman adds, “and it’s been so happy to play in all the tournaments with the girls, get up super early with them, stay i hotel room, they became my sisters and it’s been really fun.”
Coach Hultman calls the girl’s growth and development amazing.
“And as a parent, to watch my daughter start where she was and progress to where she is now just fills your heart with love joy and all that kind of stuff, so it’s great very rewarding.”
Nationals are July 18 to 21 in Kansas City, Missouri.
There’s a fundraiser on Sunday at Public House in Davenport at 3 p.m. to help cover traveling costs. Click here for their Facebook page.
You can see the Lil Dawgs in Bettendorf’s 4th of July parade! Like the team on Facebook here.
To contribute on the team’s GoFundMe page, click here.