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For immediate release -- Sunday, August 20, 2006

Contact -- Bill Roach, 515-281-5536

A.G. Miller and Iowa Cubs:
"Step Up to the Plate" to Support Kids

DES MOINES.   Attorney General Tom Miller threw out the first pitch at the Iowa Cubs game Sunday, as part of a "Step Up to the Plate" public-awareness event to honor parents who support their children physically, emotionally and financially. [See photo below.]

The event, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Human Services, particularly honored non-custodial parents who support their children by making court-ordered payments and by participating in their children's lives. (Non-custodial parents are those who do not have physical custody of their children but often are obligated to pay court-ordered child support.)

Before throwing out the first pitch, Attorney General Miller made brief remarks to the crowd highlighting the importance of non-custodial parents staying connected to their kids. The Iowa Cubs beat the Oklahoma Red Hawks, 5-1, in the game that followed at Sec Taylor Field.

For the "Step Up to the Plate" event, postcards were sent to parents in the area who pay child support, offering free admission to the game for children with a paid adult ticket. The Clinton Lumberkings, Waterloo Bucks, Swing of the Quad Cities, Sioux City Explorers, and the Burlington Bees also held "Step Up to the Plate" events this summer. The Attorney General's Office is very grateful to the Iowa ball clubs for their cooperation with the project.

The events were organized by the Child Support Public Awareness Project of the Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Iowa Department of Human Services, in cooperation with the participating Iowa teams. Erika Rasey, an intern this summer in the Attorney General's Office, was the lead organizer for the "Step Up to the Plate" events.

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