Want to help some kids in Texas on Austin’s East Side? Then help me make a positive difference to Play It Forward, plant a basket, and grow the sport.
Working with the Austin Children’s Shelter, the Waterloo Disc Golf Club wants to give the kids in East Austin the opportunity to share and experience the sport of disc golf that we all love. Let’s help open the world of disc golf to them and let them get all the great natural benefits it provides.
Myself and Gordon Kelley, on behalf of the Waterloo Disc Golf Club, will be installing a disc golf basket and donating a portable basket (for indoor/outdoor use) to the Austin Children’s Shelter within the NEXT 30 DAYS! Yes, it’s a fast moving project.
These baskets, indoors and outdoors, will give the kids, the counselors, and families a healthy activity to participate in. These baskets will be a great physical activity and stress reducer at this very important facility on the East side of Austin, Texas.
These are some of the things I need (suggestions & expertise welcome):
Putters (new & gently used)
– Most anything will do. These are for kids and families new to the sport and to help them enjoy the activity of placing plastic into metal.
– Please donate what you can.
– durable storage containers for the discs to be stored in
– durable bags, equipment bags, or other small items that may need to be stored
– Please donate what you can
Suggestion or donation for a dedication marker/stone/brick to be mounted on the ground with a dedication message from the Waterloo DGC. Do you or someone you know, that has the skills for carving or cutting out words in stone? What about the option of a mounted piece of metal that has the words engraved/cut-out/etched/etc. so it can be mounted and seen for as long as it is there (we do not want this removable)?
[looking for your ideas/skills]
Suggestion or donation for 9 (or more) marked/engraved place stones/bricks/markers for putting games around the basket. These will be used for games like “HORSE” and circular putting points, etc. so that the kids can experience a fun time when playing.
[looking for your ideas/skills]
Additionally, the installation will only take about 2 nights of work, during the week, for just a few hours each (depending on who shows up to help).
One day/night will be for all the digging and mounting of the items, then allowing the concrete to dry and set.
The next day or opportunity will be to mount the basket and complete in the installations.
Volunteer work has to be on a weeknight (date TBA) specifically since this is a protected area for the kids, there are limited hours we can access the facility, and as not to disturb the normal days activities.
Knowing these factors we will need:
– Volunteers with tools (shovels, wheel barrow, rock breakers, etc.)
– Concrete mix for mounting
– Mulch/mix to spread around the basket area
– Any additional items that may be needed to coincide with other donations, etc.
Naturally, some of these things will come out of my pocket or some club funds, but with all the talent and business people out there I was hoping that many of you would offer a good solution, donation, or source of knowledge to benefit this.
Ideally, the dedication stones and game markers MUST be durable. We need your experience to help us ensure that they are not removable or can become vandalized over it’s lifetime (i.e. engraved metal plates removed). Hence, why carved or other permanent fixation would be nice.
The Austin Children’s Shelter needs donations and things like this to help the kids thrive and smile through tough times. We will cover the majority of the costs, the equipment, the mounting, the basket pad, etc., but donations to help make it a total package will be simply awesome!
Imagine this, one day meeting some of these kids on a course and learning that YOUR donations to this basket project helped them first learn about disc golf at this great place during a tough time.
Learning that YOUR donations helped these kids “escape” and simply enjoy something that we all may take for granted. Just imagine how great that feeling will be.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike
Let’s get this project done. The ground breaking and installation will be done in the next 30-days… we are moving that fast on this so the kids can have a great Summer and beyond!
#growthesport #discgolf #playitforward