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Earthshaking News - Nebraska Quakes & EAA Partnership

By Cynthia Willis, 06/29/21, 8:00AM CDT

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Elkhorn Athletic Association and Nebraska Quakes Softball Announce Partnership Combined program to offer best-in-class regional fastpitch softball

ELKHORN, NE, June 29, 2021 – Elkhorn Athletic Association (EAA) and Nebraska Quakes today announced the two organizations have entered into a partnership agreement combining forces to create the largest girls fastpitch softball organization in the state of Nebraska. The partnership marks an important milestone in the development of girls youth fastpitch softball and vision to create a regional destination sports complex that will benefit its surrounding communities, youth and their families from across the region. 

“We are extremely proud to partner with Nebraska Quakes, which has been a leader in competitive girls softball in the region for more than 25 years,” said Joey Macken, EAA’s Softball President. “Combining these two programs will create opportunities for both players and coaches to reach their full potential.”

“This has been a long time coming,” said Pat O’Donnell, Quakes Founder and President. “Both organizations have mutual respect and have been working together for a long time. This is good for the softball community and for families.”

Rationale: Both non-profit organizations serve the greater Omaha/Lincoln region, have aligned philosophies, mission, vision and values and have similar goals:  to develop our youth softball community at all competitive levels (including league play for athletes with disabilities) and build character, confidence and leadership in all participants . Both organizations have a 25+ year history serving youth softball players and their families. 

Partnership Drivers: 

  1. Player/Family, Coach and Community Experience: Combining these organizations will create a best-in-class integrated girls youth fastpitch softball sports experience for all of Nebraska and the central United States. Both organizations believe there is a place for every girl who wants to play softball. Girls would be part of an integrated program that serves girls at the adaptive, recreational, select (local/regional) and Select National level.
  2. Leveraging Resources: The combined organization will leverage shared services for operational and administrative activities and maximize focus on developing players and coaches to enable attainment of their highest potential. 
  3. Facilities: Both organizations have seen significant growth over the years and require increased indoor and outdoor field ownership to provide members ample game and training space, ability to provide revenue generating opportunities via tournaments and leagues and the opportunity to meet community growth demands. The combined organization will call the MD West ONE Sports Complex home starting in 2023. 

MD West ONE Sports Complex details:

  • Location: Valley, NE, near 264th and Ida just off Highway 275 
  • Land: More than 140 acres
  • Vision: This state-of-the-art complex will be a signature destination facility for outdoor youth athletics and community recreation—not just for Western Douglas County residents but for the entire region.
  • Timeline: Plans for construction of the facility are scheduled to begin in 2022. The goals are to have Softball and a barrier free field for athletes with disabilities in the Spring of 2023.
  • Critical Legislation: LB39 & LB566

This partnership currently utilizes the following indoor facilities for training:

  • Epicenter (Omaha Location) - 21,000 sq ft, 15 cages, one full 60x60 fielding area
  • Epicenter (Lincoln Location)  - 10,000 sq ft, 5 fixed cages, 5 retractable cages/fielding area
  • Elkhorn Training Camp (Elkhorn Location) 35,000 Sq, 11 cages, 4 quads (each 5K Sq Ft)
  • Xplosive Edge Training preferred member access (2,500 Sq feet)
  • Victory Center (Elkhorn Location) - 8,000 sq ft, 3 retractable cages and fielding area
  1. By the Numbers: Organizational Size (Combined ~ 1225 softball players)
    • Nebraska Quakes (36 Teams) ~ 430 Players
    • Nebraska Edge (19 Teams) ~ 215 Players
    • Futures (55 Teams) ~ 580 players

“One of the organization's primary objectives is to be a youth program which elevates softball at the earliest ages and maximizes opportunities to build, grow, and maintain strong teams. We believe the combination of Quakes with the EAA Softball program aligns perfectly” Says Bruce O’Neel EAA Executive Director. He also notes that the combined organization has a local, regional and national focus that will provide greater opportunities for our talented softball players to play in personally challenging and competitive environments while experienced staff and coaches prepare girls for high school softball and college level recruitment.

ABOUT NEBRASKA QUAKES SOFTBALL 
The Nebraska Quakes is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing highly competitive fastpitch teams. Along with teaching players  to become excellent athletes, the Quakes have been driven  to teach important life lessons through softball that will help them become solid citizens and future female leaders. 

The Quakes organization was founded in 1994 and has been driven by its mission: Teaching the fundamentals of fastpitch softball and developing outstanding softball skills in a positive, safe and rewarding environment, providing players with a well-rounded experience where they can develop their athletic skills but also learn real-life skills of discipline, dedication, sportsmanship, leadership, confidence and teamwork while also having fun and making lifelong friendships, preparing our players to excel at the high school level and assisting players and families in the collegiate recruitment process and off the field, we strive to be outstanding community citizens as we represent the Nebraska Quakes organization. 

 Learn more about Nebraska Quakes.  https://www.quakessoftball.com

ABOUT ELKHORN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION  The Elkhorn Athletic Association (EAA) is a non-profit youth sports organization serving Western Douglas County and surrounding communities and provides a safe, enjoyable, positive learning environment. We serve families with children of all ages and all skill levels from the community and across the region. We encourage and support the holistic development of every child, teach leadership and other essential skills, and inspire our athletes to seek excellence in all aspects of their lives. The Association has strong community ties that stretch back decades in service to young athletes and their families. 

Nebraska Edge started as Elkhorn Girls Softball Association was founded in 1995 and as part of EAA now serves over 800 softball players both in competitive (regional/national) and recreational levels. 

Becoming a community pillar has been accomplished by encouraging parental involvement and providing professional staff and programs that provide developmental, recreational, and competitive experiences for area youth athletes. Our ongoing success will be determined by every individual’s character, leadership, beliefs, passion, and commitment, resulting in a first-class youth sports organization.  www.elkhornathletics.org.