Austin Disc Golfers Break “Ice Bowl” Records With Donations And Support

On Saturday, February 1, 2014 the Waterloo Disc Golf Club held its 14th Annual “Ice Bowl” in Austin, Texas to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Central Texas. The temperatures were unseasonably warm, the participants were many, and they broke all previous records for raising money and food donations in the annual events history.

What is the “Ice Bowl”
The Ice Bowl is a collection of disc golf events that are held each year in January and February with an overall mission of raising funds to fight hunger. Related goals include having fun and connecting the disc golf community in a positive way to the community at large.

Custom trophy donation to help raise money for the food bank

Custom trophy donation to help raise money for the food bank (the mini marker is removable)

As always, with every Ice Bowl, there are a few simple rules that must be followed:
– Ice Bowl will be never be cancelled
– No wimps or whiners allowed
– There’s no excuse for not attending!

The Waterloo Disc Golf Club annually schedules its charitable Ice Bowl event on the Saturday before “Super Bowl Sunday.” This timing allows many players and participants to set aside this date to play disc golf on a traditionally festive weekend. Having the event on the day before the Super Bowl also allows, many who participate, the opportunity to collect donations during their “Super Bowl” shopping trips and bring the festive atmosphere of the weekend to the event.
An additional reward for the timing of this event is that it allows many disc golfers the opportunity to awaken from their winter disc golf hibernation, play a fun round, meet up with old friends, and start to enjoy the year ahead while helping a good cause.

Ice Bowl Logo Disc

Ice Bowl Logo Disc

Traditionally, the Ice Bowl is a non-competitive event without the customary prizes and awards you would expect in a PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) sanctioned tournament. Though it is not a “sanctioned” tournament event, the Waterloo Disc Golf Club organizes their event to still follow the guidelines, the rules, and the etiquette of the normal tournament standards. This blended process provides all the players with a relaxed casual feel and almost the formal structure of a PDGA event. Essentially, players have all the fun and none of the stress.
The added benefit of this casual informality is that it allows new players and visitors the opportunity to be engaged in the event while understanding more about the game. They are able to participate with the flow of play while observing the rules, discovering the sport first hand, and simply meeting players from all across the community. There is no intimidation at any level and the event always ends with many new friendships.

Paying Donations/Entry

Paying Donations/Entry

Line for sign-up/check-in

Line for sign-up/check-in

As a note, from my personal experience and discussions, I have met many long-time disc golfers that get their first positive experience at events like this. Events like the “Ice Bowl” simply break through any stigmas that prospective players may have about competing in events. The event simply allows recreational players to play with seasoned veterans, it allows amateurs to play with professionals, and it allows kids to play with adults. Young and old and no matter what your skill level is, everyone is welcome at the Ice Bowl.

Austin’s Historic Event
  For this 14th year, the Waterloo Disc Golf Club knew the event would be historic, on many levels.

Wells Branch Board

Wells Branch DGC Board Members (L to R): Marcus Hazle, Joel Kelly and Brian Litke.

First, its traditional location at the Zilker Park Disc Golf Course in Central Austin would not be available since it is undergoing major maintenance and renovation repair during this time.
Second, the online registration limit of 90 players filled up in about 3 days from the moment it was announced. (The club imposes its own limit to 90 players to benefit many of those who prefer to pay in cash at the event or those who simply do not use online banking methods)
Third, the seamless coordination and support from the location venue itself. Since the original location was not available, the Ice Bowl was approved and held at the Wells Branch Disc Golf Course in North Austin. This location required the coordination and assistance of the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District and the Wells Branch Disc Golf Club. Through the partnership, volunteers, and workers from all the groups involved, the event started on schedule and exactly how everyone knew it would.
Lastly, the event set the standard for another great year by having 125 registered players, numerous spectators, local news media documenting the event, large numbers of donated prizes, and the biggest item of all: DONATIONS for the food bank!

This year the Waterloo Disc Golf Club was able to collect and raise $1,375 in monetary donations and 437 pounds of donated food at the event.

These are the clubs best figures ever in both cash and amount of food. This cumulative total puts the Waterloo Disc Golf Club’s 14 year totals to the food bank at over $9,100 in monetary donations and more than 3,300 pounds of food that went directly into the pantries of the Capital Area Food Bank.

For the media story please follow this link:

Now that the Ice Bowl is over…
The day was long, it was well worth it, and it ended with a celebratory party for everyone hosted by the Waterloo DGC at the local “Spinners Bar & Grill.” There were putting games and raffles and smiles all around.

The disc golf community is in essence a true community. There is the love of the sport, the bond of fellow players, and always the compassion to help others. For organizations like the Waterloo Disc Golf Club, Wells Branch Disc Golf Club, and the Wells Branch MUD it only takes a simple request for help and they will oblige.
For players, volunteers, and spectators who always want to help out and make a change, disc golf will always have these moments for them. Organizations like the Capital Area Food Bank should never need to request assistance as long as all of these great contributors are willing to put forth the effort to help.

Group Photo

Great thanks goes to the Waterloo Disc Golf Club and everyone involved in this event for a great turnout and make your plans now to attend the 2015 Austin, Texas Ice Bowl.

Remember the rules:
Ice Bowl will be never be cancelled
No wimps or whiners allowed
There’s no excuse for not attending!

Play It Forward. ~DiscTroy


About disctroy

Disc Golfer, Blogger, Writer, Photographer, Foodie, Blessed... We don't stop playing because we get old; We get old because we stop playing.... Troy is a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association who currently lives in Austin, TX. He is a Board Member of the Austin-based Waterloo Disc Golf Club, has been playing disc golf over 14 years competitively and non-competitively, in local and national events. He has been published in Disc Golfer magazine and Yahoo News.He volunteers regularly to promote disc golf, clean parks and help build new ones. It is his simple motto to "Play It Forward"... after all, you can never frown when you play Frisbee or throw a Disc.
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