Since 1997 Thunder has taught and supported student/athletes from Elgin to Yorkville and from Naperville to DeKalb. While striving for excellence in all aspects of the game, we promote a well rounded program of exercise, teamwork, friendly competition and family fun.
Northern Illinois Thunder Softball started in 1997 when a group of gentlemen (Stan Schumacher, Dan Goedken, Ken Hiscox, Frank Weese, Joe Spitzzeri and Perry Clark) wanted to start a competitive softball team to help feed the Kaneland High School softball program. They didn’t want to be affiliated with any governmental bodies or park districts. After several months of discussion and planning they formed Kaneland Thunder Softball, a non-profit group that would have two teams the first season (14U & 16U). At first the teams had players from Kaneland School District but later during the first season the 16U team added Alesia Perry (Yorkville HS). The rest is Thunder history.