Eagles Wings Disc Golf
More than two million disc golfers play on more than 7,500 courses around the world. There has been no major Christian influence in the sport—until now.
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About Eagles Wings
Eagles Wings Disc Golf is a division of Push The Rock that will carry out the vision and mission of Push The Rock using the emerging sport of disc golf. Although some may be unaware of this sport it is estimated that there are now over 2 million disc golfers who play regularly at 7,500 courses around the world with over 3,500 tournaments held annually. Currently there is no major Christian influence within the sport. We look forward to filling this void, and plan to launch several exciting initiatives.
So how do we plan to fill this void? We have settled on four areas of focus, and look forward to sharing specific details in the very near future. These focus areas include:
- We mentor and disciple youth, adults and families by creating opportunities to learn, play, and compete in the sport of disc golf.
- We seek opportunities to bless the existing disc golf community.
- We connect Christian disc golfers around the world, and provide training on how to use the sport of disc golf as a ministry avenue.
- We help churches, ministries, and missionaries build courses and utilize them for ministry.
The Story of Eagles Wings Through our Staff
When Dustin Leatherman began to craft the idea of Eagles Wings Disc Golf, he expected that he would likely be working on his own for some time before he would be able to bring on other staff. What Dustin began to realize is that there were many more people out there who were as excited about Disc Golf ministry as he was. Before things really got off the ground, he connected with Jim Schultz who had been working on disc golf ministry for a while and had already come up with the name Eagles Wings.
Dustin serves as the national director of Eagles Wings and brings a vast knowledge and experience from working in sports and sports ministry. He is based in Pennsylvania for part of the year and Florida for the other part of the year.
Jim brings over 15 years of youth ministry to the table. Many years ago when he won an amateur world title, he committed to God that he would use the platform to honor God and spread His kingdom. Jim has also been involved with many course design projects and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Jim recently moved with his family to Michigan where he will provide a second ministry focus area for Eagles Wings.
Dustin’s wife Hannah has also become an integral part of the ministry as she began by simply supporting Dustin in the work that he was doing. As she is currently ranked at the 8th best female disc golfer in the world and having won some big tournaments, she has also created an amazing platform for Eagles Wings to be major presence in the disc golf community.
Within the first year, Scott Leader also joined the Eagles Wings team on a part time basis. While he is in the beginning stages of getting Eagles Wings started in Colorado, he also supports the rest of the team.
The entire staff of Eagles Wings competes on the professional level and will travel to many of the major tournaments throughout the year. We are also excited to host premier events for juniors and women and are looking forward to helping launch the new premier juniors events in 2018.
In the near future, we also hope to welcome new staff members. Be looking for Seth Hogan who has already helped Dustin with local events in Pennsylvania. We are also excited to be expanding into more states including Washington with Chris Rodriguez and Florida with Zachary Smith.
Eagles Wings News
Two Junior Disc Golf Tournaments, One Weekend – In Michigan, staff member Jim Schultz held the 3rd Midwest JUNIOR Regional at Brewer Park in Grand Rapids. In Kenilworth, PA Dustin, Hannah, and Seth hosted the first of 2 summer junior tournaments, The Kenilworth Summer Break Bash. At Eagles Wings Disc Golf we love being part of the growing movement of youth disc golf. It is a joy to be able to offer fun events for kids while sharing the love of Christ. Read more here.
Junior Grant Winner Evelyn Heath Introduces Disc Golf – Evelyn Heath, a 2018 junior grant winner from Australia, has taken on multiple events to introduce people to disc golf. In the midst of a busy tournament season and working hard to raise money to be able to come to Emporia, Kansas this July, Evelyn has taught many people about disc golf. Read more here.
Check In With Two 2017 Junior Grant Winners – Both Lydia Lyons and Virginia Polkinghorne compete in local events that were part of the Women’s Global event. Each of them won their division at these events. Additionally Lydia has spent some time helping out at a Family Fun Day event hosted by her local parks department. She is busy teaching more families about disc golf. Read more here.
Eagles Wings Programs
Youth Programs – Eagles Wings Disc Golf is excited to offer programs that introduce youth, and their families, to the game of disc golf, and offer opportunities to compete. Disc golf is a great lifetime sport, and one that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. We believe that disc golf presents a great opportunity to mentor and disciple people of all ages, but particularly youth.
Chapel Services – The entire Eagles Wings staff has spent time traveling for disc golf tournaments and ultimately being away from their local church family. Our chapel services are a way to be connected to the larger body of Christ as we fellowship together with other disc golfers. We welcome anyone to join us for a chapel service filled with prayer, singing praises to God and studying His word.
Course Design – With the sport of disc golf growing, a disc golf course can enhance your current ministries by providing a new and exciting activity for participants, but it can also provide new opportunities to reach your community. By partnering with us to install your course you will get an experienced team to help you design and build your course as well as coaching and assistance in utilizing your course for ministry.
Mission Trips – Disc golf is growing around the world, and we are excited to be a part of that. We will be offering trips both within the United States and abroad, and look forward to growing the sport of disc golf through partnering with missionaries and tournament directors. Each trip is unique in the impact that it will make to those we meet on the trips as well as the people who go on these trips.