2nd Annual Toys for Tots Basketball Game Takes Place

The 2nd annual Toys for Tots basketball game recently took place.  Huntley Middle School and Clinton Rosette Middle School staffs played against the DeKalb Police and Fire Departments.   This game raised over 3 boxes of toys and $200 in donations which beat last year’s total.  A great sign of the community coming together!

Pickleball Popularity Hits DeKalb

It’s fun just to say pickleball, now imagine how fun it is to play!  Invented in 1965 as a makeshift sport between family and friends, Pickleball has evolved into one of the fastest growing sports and recreation activities in the country. Pickleball combines elements of tennis and ping-pong using paddles and plastic whiffle balls.  It is played on a court …

NIU Softball Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

On Saturday, October 8th, NIU softball field held their first game in support of pediatric cancer awareness. Thanks to senior softball player, Kali Kosakowski, NIU teamed up with Cal’s Angels. This organization is based out of St. Charles and founded by Tom and Stacey Sutter who lost their 6 year old son, Cal, to leukemia. The goal of the organization …

Camp Power

Camp Power, a free summer camp for child living in University Village administered by the Kishwaukee YMCA, DeKalb Police Department and other community partners, joined the NIU Huskie football team as well as other teams on the NIU campus to get some playing time with college athletes this summer. Campers were invited to Huskie Stadium to get on the field …

KaBOOM! NIU STEAM Works named Play Everywhere Challenge finalist

Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America NIU STEAM Works has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award funding to outside-the-box ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the United States. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, …

Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Wrestling Finals returns to DeKalb & NIU for 18th year

The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Northern Illinois University (NIU) are proud to be hosting the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Wrestling Finals for its 18th year.  The 2016 IESA state wrestling meet will be held at NIU’s Convocation Center on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12.  Wrestlers in grades fifth through eighth from across the state will …

DeKalb Park District holds POLARpalooza Winter Festival

Despite having to work around mild weather this season, the DeKalb Park District held the 2nd Annual Polarpalooza Winter Festival at Lions Park on February 14th.  Originally scheduled for February 6th, the event had to be postponed due to warm weather and the absence of snow and ice.  However, the snowy weather on the rescheduled date made for a great …

IHSA Destination DeKalb 2015 Was A Huge Hit

Fans and volunteers alike got to enjoy the enthusiasm and pride that surrounded the 2015 IHSA Destination DeKalb events and games. The IHSA, visitor fans and teams were welcomed by banners and signs throughout the community and 200 friendly volunteers at Huskie Stadium. Team fans decked out their Spirit Zone tent, competed for the coveted “Spirit Zone Plaque” and enjoyed …

DeKalb’s Indoor Recreation Destination

As winter approaches each year, the DeKalb Park District Sports and Recreation Center gears up to serve as an indoor recreation destination for the DeKalb community and beyond.  Opened in 2000, the Sports and Rec Center features a large fieldhouse with field turf, two gymnasiums, as well as activity and dance rooms. The Sports and Rec Center is host to …