Major League Baseball’s High-A Central champion Quad Cities River Bandits continue to be champions for children’s health. Now the team is issuing a challenge to others to support Genesis Foundation children’s health initiatives by matching their contributions.

The River Bandits organization, which capped a great season on the field with a High-A Central League championship, the team’s fourth in League Champion River Bandits Are Champions For Genesis Children’s Health Initiativesthe last ten seasons, announced today it is teaming up with the Genesis Foundation to encourage businesses and individuals throughout the Quad Cities to support children’s health.

The Bandits are creating a Challenge Grant. The team will match all donations up to $50,000 to any of following initiatives: (1) Flu-Free Quad Cities program, (2) Camp Genesis, and (3) the Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Challenge Grant runs for two months, through December 17, 2021.

  • Flu-Free QC provides thousands of free seasonal influenza vaccinations each year to elementary school students throughout the region.


  • Camp Genesis offers a traditional camp experienced to young people dealing with cancer in their family.
  • River Bandits support also assists Genesis with the cost of equipment and life-saving technology in the Genesis NICU.

“The past year and a half or so have shown everyone the importance of the great work being done by our Genesis health care heroes and we want to encourage everyone to support them to the fullest extent possible,’’ said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “River Bandits baseball is a family activity and flu season is upon us. We want to encourage everyone to do their part to keep Quad Cities families safe and healthy. That’s why we’re so excited to establish this Challenge Grant.”

“We can all be champions for the health of children by providing financial support of Genesis health projects like Flu-Free Quad Cities,’’ said Missy Gowey, executive director of the Genesis Foundation. “The River Bandits and

their fans have made a generous commitment to children’s health through this gift. When a highly respected organization like the Quad Cities River Bandits comes on board, others can envision themselves investing charitably in a program that is their passion and does so much to protect our children and our families.”

Flu-Free Quad Cities has started in elementary schools in the region. To donate to all Genesis children’s health initiatives, go to

League Champion River Bandits Are Champions For Genesis Children’s Health Initiatives
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League Champion River Bandits Are Champions For Genesis Children’s Health Initiatives

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