SPORTS SHORTS: Kids at Kinnick set for this Saturday

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa football team will stage its annual “Kids at Kinnick” day Saturday.

Gates to Kinnick Stadium open at 4 p.m. with the team’s practice scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Team members will sign autographs for 30 minutes following the approximate two-hour practice. Fans should enter at Gates A (south end zone) and E (west side). Regular game-day search procedures will be in place and fans will be allowed to sit in the south and west stands. Autograph items, such as football posters, schedule cards, magnets and rosters, will be available inside both gates. Fans are discouraged from bringing additional items to be autographed.

Free parking will be available on hard surface lots, while normal ramp fees will be charged. Concession stands will be open with items being sold at reduced prices.

The UI Children’s Hospital and Noodles & Company will have displays for the kids and Blue Bunny will serve cool refreshments. Also in Krause Family Plaza, fans can have their picture taken with the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series trophy and sign up to win tickets to all 2014-15 Cy-Hawk events. Fans can also register to win tickets to 2013 home games against Missouri State and Western Michigan.

Pickleball open gym offered at MCC

The Marshalltown Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with Marshalltown Community College to once again offer Pickleball open gym in the Babe Harder gym on the MCC campus.

Participants should enter through the No. 7 doors and head to their right where two courts will be available – with equipment provided if necessary.

Currently only Sundays are available for open gym time, though additional courts will be added with increased demand. Parks & Recreation has partnered with Sports Page Sporting Goods for those interested in owning their own pickleball equipment. For information about their equipment in stock, stop by the store at the Marshall Town Center or call (641) 753-5888.