New Name, New Level of Commitment to Kokomo: MKE Sport & Entertainment is Now ROC Ventures.
MKE Sports & Entertainment, owner and operator of the Kokomo Jackrabbits Baseball Team at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, has changed its name to ROC Ventures – and with the change comes a new level of excitement for Kokomo.
“We’ve enjoyed a tremendous relationship with the people of Kokomo ever since bringing the Kokomo Jackrabbits to town,” said Mike Zimmerman, owner of ROC Ventures. “It all began with citizens choosing the name of the team. When you create things that bring people together, it creates community and further opportunities for all. We’ve based all of our activity here on that basic formula – return on community.”
Zimmerman’s ROC Ventures is named to remind everyone in the organization of the thread unifying all of ROC’s projects: Create value by creating and strengthening community opportunities.
“It’s become more and more clear to us that developing and helping create a real ‘deep economy’ locally is the key to lasting success for the entire surrounding region,” Zimmerman said. “That’s the principle behind ‘return on community,’ and that’s our commitment.”
Based on Zimmerman's announcements today, ROC Ventures is wasting no time in applying that formula.
Kokomo Jackrabbits News: Former Division One Baseball Coach is New Field Manager; Municipal Stadium to Host Prospect League All-Stars; NO TICKET PRICE INCREASE once again.
The Kokomo Jackrabbits announced the hiring of Gary McClure as field manager for the upcoming 2017 season at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
McClure replaces 2016 Field Manager Matt Howard, who became head coach of the new Indiana University Kokomo baseball team.
“I’d like to thank Mike Zimmerman for this amazing opportunity,” said Kokomo Jackrabbits Field Manager Gary McClure. “I look forward to not only shaping our young players into professionals but also becoming an integral part of the community with my wife Amy.”
McClure coached Division one baseball at Austin Peay State in Clarksville, Tennessee from 1988 to 2015. In 2012, McClure was named the winningest coach in the Ohio Valley Conference History with his 777th victory. McClure finished his career with 847 wins at the NCAA D1 level.
“This guy's baseball IQ and coaching talent is off the charts,” said ROC Sports & Performance president Dan Kuenzi. “We’re getting a pro who operates at an extremely high level, and the players are going to appreciate the excellence he brings to his job.”
McClure’s other accomplishments include: induction into the Austin Peay Athletic Hall of Fame where he is currently 1 of only 2 coaches to receive this honor while still actively coaching; 64 of his players have signed professional baseball contracts, with 5 advancing to the Major Leagues thus far.
McClure and his wife, Amy, currently reside in Clarksville, Tennessee. They have been married for nearly three decades and have one son, Alex, a scout for the Chicago Cubs, who’s played in the Royals and Marlins farm systems.
In other news, Kokomo’s Municipal Stadium is proud to host this year’s All-star festivities, including a pro scout workout and the Home run derby, to be held on July 17.
“This is an event that brings deserved attention to the Kokomo community – as well as a nice economic boost – so we’re proud to once again have been selected as host,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight.
The Jackrabbits are also happy to announce that there will be no ticket price increase for the new season. The Kokomo Jackrabbits remain a great entertainment value for individuals, families, and groups of all sizes.
Kokomo Mantis FC on Hold for 2017 Season; Talks Begin for NPSL Soccer League in 2018 Season.
ROC Ventures, owners and operators of Kokomo Mantis FC Soccer at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, announced that the 2017 season will be put on hold after exiting the Premier Development League. By rule, teams must sit out a year after resigning from a league.
“We understand there is a hunger and passion for sports and soccer in Kokomo, but we also need to make it economically viable for us and the community,” said ROC Sports & Performance president Dan Kuenzi. “We appreciate the support of the fans, the Kokomo Soccer Club (KSC), YMCA Youth Development Soccer Program, and everyone that rallied around this team.
“While we put the 2017 season on hold, I am happy to announce that all other aspects of the Kokomo Mantis FC will continue as preparation for 2018,” Kuenzi added. “We are currently in talks with the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) about the 2018 season at Municipal Stadium.”
The Kokomo Mantis FC, under Head Coach Marcelo Santos, defeated perennial PDL powers Des Moines Menace and the Chicago Fire at Kokomo Municipal Stadium as part of a 4-6-4 record.
More Happenings at Municipal Stadium: Concerts, Recreation, and More Baseball!
Kokomo Municipal Stadium will gain another use as a music venue, with the first concert in the works for the Fall. The stadium will continue to be home to other sporting and community events like kickball, community church events, and charity fundraisers.
In addition to the Jackrabbits’ schedule and additional baseball games, including our local high schools, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said that Indiana University Kokomo’s brand new baseball program will get a tremendous home field in Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
“We’re excited about the new IUK baseball program and we are glad the Cougars will call it home,” said Mayor Goodnight. “The growth of the university has created new opportunities for sports fans and Municipal Stadium is a perfect venue for collegiate baseball.”
IUK’s inaugural game at Municipal Stadium is set for March 2, 2018.