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USDGC Helps EDGE Grow Disc Golf
If you were to visit a large-scale physical education teacher conference, chances are good disc golf would be represented thanks to the EDGE program and funding through the USDGC.
This year the USDGC raised $20,000 for EDGE, and that donation will help fund trips to state, regional, and national physical education teacher conferences, according to EDGE Executive Director Jon Lyksett.
Educational Disc Golf Experience propels disc golf forward by introducing the sport to schools and plugging in disc golf related concepts into the curriculum.
Since 2005, the Championship has generated more than $190,000 for EDGE, which started in 2001.
Lyskett said attending the conferences, especially the national conference, which attracts about 15,000 educators, is a big advertisement for EDGE and disc golf.
“They (Conferences) generate a lot of interest for the sport. Half of the interest we get from the program comes from the national conference,” said Lyksett, referring to the AAHPERD National Convention and Expo. In 2013 it convenes in Charlotte on April 23-27th.
The USDGC is serious about its charitable offerings and according to Event Director Jonathan Poole, EDGE is a perfect recipient.
“We need to be excellent stewards of the money we receive. EDGE is a great way to support our educational systems, students of all ages, and the grass roots efforts of thousands of people to grow the game we love,” said Poole, who said EDGE funding from the Championship is mostly derived from USDGC Roc sales.
Each year the USDGC buses area students to Winthrop for disc golf clinics and to watch world-class competition at the University’s Gold Course.
“Hopefully the Championship can continue its financial support, and by bringing area students out to the EDGE Village at Winthrop. Seeing hundreds of kids experience disc golf for the first time is one of the most rewarding feelings the USDGC provides,” said Poole.
Recent years have seen the amount of children grow to 1,000 and reach past the Rock Hill, S.C area.
Currently, EDGE is in the middle of a three-year program funded by the PDGA to plant an EDGE program in a school in all 50 states.
Go to EDGEdiscgolf.org for more information