I love summer as much as the next girl—and from the sound of things over on Facebook, you all love summer a lot! The long summer days are rolling into cool fall mornings and crisp autumn afternoons, and I’m smitten. The clear sky seems almost touchable, the air breathes out its own special scent, and God’s artistry is splashed on all the trees throughout the Quad Cities. I’m just happy in the fall.
I am, however, kind of an indoor girl. I need reasons to get outside. Whether taking the kids for a hike in nearby Scott County Park, or attending a local sports game to cheer on our favorite team, fall sports in the Quad Cities are enough of an excuse. I’ve lined up the area’s offerings of high school and college sports, as well as sports you could enroll your child in, if you’re the sit on the sidelines every Saturday morning kind of mom.
The high school sports in the area are nicely organized on the Mississippi Athletic Conference website. In the Illinois Quad Cities the metro schools sports are easy to find on the Western Big 6 Conference site. Don’t forget that there’s more to fall sports than just American football! There’s cross country, tennis, soccer, and golf, and even though these are inside, dance team and volleyball.
Our local colleges offer even more variety of Quad Cities fall sports. We can cheer on the St Ambrose Fighting Bees or the Augustana Vikings. It’s just amazing to spend some time on the prettiest campuses in our vicinity.
The U of I’s Kinnick Stadium is only an hour away. There’s nothing like spending an afternoon tailgating, family style of course, and then heading into a frenzied arena of football fans! A lot of the tailgaters do their parking spaces up nicer than I do my house! That wall black and gold is something to behold! I’d love to see photos if your family takes in a game.
My husband, an Iowa State graduate and rabid Cyclone fan, would probably die an early death if he heard that I mentioned how I included my love of Iowa in the Quad Cities Fall Sports Guide, so if you have an entire weekend to spare for the three hour drive each way, make sure you get into that sea of red and gold!
University of Northern Iowa is my alma mater, but I will admit that I didn’t enjoy indoor football at the UNIdome. Something about hosting the games indoors on fake grass just made it lose its appeal for me. I feel obligated to include their schedule anyway. I do love the purple and gold!
Then there are tons of options if you want to put your child in a sport.
Davenport Parks and Rec (which also offers adaptive sports within their teams)
Heartshot Ministries has a wonderful opportunitiesto learn archery for kids and adults (which, in the event of a zombie attack, you’ll be glad to know!)
Fall is definitely not the time to stay indoors! The bugs are gone. The stickiness in the air and when you get out of a leather chair is no more. It’s warm, but usually not sweltering. You might already plan to attend the pumpkin patches or go apple picking, and attending a game or a meet together is another wonderful way to usher in fall. These autumn evenings are crying out for some family fun, and Quad Cities sports is one great way to do that!
What are the ways your family enjoys fall sports in the QCA?