On Eagles Wings: Investing In The Future

EAGLES WINGS DISC GOLF AT THE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thanks to the staff at Dynamic Discs and the PDGA, Eagles Wings Disc Golf had the opportunity to be involved in the Junior World Disc Golf Championships a few short weeks ago. The tournament was held in Emporia, Kansas and had nearly 200 players competing. Eagles Wings Disc Golf staff members, Dustin and Hannah Leatherman, Seth and Becky Hogan, and Scott Leader along with his parents Ron and Lynn Leader, all made the trek to Emporia from Pennsylvania and Colorado to participate during the week filling various roles.

One of the highlights at Worlds was meeting all of the Eagles Wings Junior Grant Winners and supporting them throughout the week. Each of the winners had applied for the junior grant earlier in the year, with one of the main criteria being that they did a service project for their local disc golf community. It was really exciting for our staff to meet these incredible young disc golfers and get to know the people behind these stories we had read about. Five of our Junior Grant Winners from 2018, and three of our Junior Grant Winners from 2017 played in the event. We kicked things off for them early in the week with a dinner, and then spent time interacting with them throughout the tournament. Scott and his parents spent time each day supporting each grant winner out on the course during the tournament rounds.

Another highlight of the week was our Eagles Wings Chapel service. We had over 70 people in attendance, which was our largest chapel service to date. It is always such a blessing to worship God with other disc golfers and this night was no exception. It was held across the street from the player meeting, and a local youth pastor intertwined humor, stories of faith, and lessons from the Bible to teach the kids and their families how they can love God and others out on the disc golf course while competing at the Junior World Championships. During the award ceremony at the end of the tournament, it was incredible for us to watch so many of these same kids demonstrate their love for God and the other competitors while sharing about their faith in Jesus during their acceptance speeches. The time was well spent this week for our Eagles Wings Disc Golf staff and we all came away feeling excited about what God is doing in the disc golf community.

 

AFRICAN DISC GOLF TOUR

Last year, new friends of Eagles Wings, Yohannes Desalegn and John Luetzow, ran the first ever PDGA disc golf tournament in Africa in Yohannes’ home country of Ethiopia.  You may recall that we were able to send Elem Katambo, a member of the Push The Rock Zambia staff to the event. This experience for Elem sparked a vision of running a similar event in Macha, Zambia where he lives and works for Push The Rock.  All of this has led to the first ever African Disc Golf Tour!

We will be partnering with the Ethiopia crew to run a series of events that will be linked together.  While the African tour will most likely look a bit different than the big tours we see throughout disc golf, it marks a significant step in the growth of disc golf in Africa.  We are excited and honored to be part of this partnership and look forward to see what will come of it.

We will be sharing more details in the weeks to come via our website and social media and we encourage you to stay tuned in. We will be offering some great opportunities to support the event through shirt and disc sales, along with opportunities to sponsor holes for the event, and even local Zambian players!  

 

CHAPEL MINISTRY IN FULL SWING

Our first ever chapel took place at the 2015 World Championships, and a few short years later we have made some significant progress!  While we will not quite achieve our goal of offering a chapel at every major event, we are getting closer every year. As the word gets out, we are excited that tournament directors have been helping us promote, and local disc golfers in ministry are getting involved.  On top of that, our core player base is growing, and doing a great job helping us with this offering!

As we mentioned earlier we were recently at the Junior World Championships.  The tournament director did a great job promoting the chapel, and we were blessed to have 77 people in attendance!  It was great to worship with people from all over the country, and even a few people from overseas. In addition to this we partnered with two different churches to make it happen, and got connected with some great families that now know there is a ministry like ours in the disc golf community!

This past week we were also able to offer chapel at the Amateur World Championships.  Our South Carolina ambassador led the way and did a great job with the night. Looking ahead we will be offering chapels in Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, Georgia to name just a few states. We praise God for the growing network that has allowed us to grow this ministry.  If you are interested in helping us grow through either financial support, or by getting involved yourself we would love for you to join us!

 

ON THE HORIZON

Junior Grant Winner Evelyn Heath Introduces Disc Golf

Disc golf is a sport that has experienced some tremendous growth in recent years. Part of the reason is because those of us who love the game take time to introduce the sport we love to more people. At Eagles Wings we are seeking to do this more often. We are blessed to partner with Junior Grant winners who share this passion to introduce more people to the sport of 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. She really enjoys showing them how to throw and makes sure that they enjoy the sport as much as she does.

Support Evelyn and read more about her event by clicking here.

Check In With Two 2017 Junior Grant Winners

With the Eagles Wings junior grant program we strive to find kids that are making a difference in their disc golf community. We are blessed to know that it is not just something they do once while they are in the year that they win the junior grant. We recently caught up with two of our 2017 junior grant winners. They continue to be involved in their local disc golf community, helping to make the sport that we all love even bigger.

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. Virginia competed at the KC Diva Spring Feeva where there were 10 girls in her division, some of whom she helped to get started in the sport of disc golf. She won by a large margin but was very quick to thank her parents, sponsors and Eagles Wings for continuing to allow her to play the game that she loves. Check out the video of her acceptance speech here. Lydia competed at the First Annual Rose City Disc Golf Open. Lydia shots the lowest score of any woman that competed in this event, both in her division and not.

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. By the pictures she sent to us, it looks like there will be more competition for Lydia in the near future.

Please continue to celebrate our 2017 Junior Grant winners as the continue to make a difference in their local disc golf communities.

Grant Winner and Tournament Director: Wyatt Mahoney

One of the best parts of our Junior Grant Program is getting pictures and stories from the amazing Junior Grant winners. We were blessed to hear from Wyatt Mahoney who became Tournament Director to run the first Junior only tournament in Connecticut. It was a balmy 32 degrees for this April tournament, but 28 participants, from as far away as Maine, showed up to throw some discs and have a great time. Help us celebrate Wyatt and the success of  the Disc CT Junior Spring Warm-Up.

Here Are Your 2018 Junior Grant Winners!

It is an exciting day. We are in a place where we get to make the day of six incredible kids. This year was incredibly difficult as there were so many amazing applicants. There are so many deserving kids who are making a difference in their local disc golf community. The six kids we did choose exhibited selflessness and a desire to give back to the sport of disc golf. They have plans for big projects this year and we are blessed to be able to support them as they compete in the game that they love.

We look forward to sharing more about this six grant winners over the coming year and showing you the difference that they are making. As you meet these kids be sure to encourage them in their journey and cheer for them when you see them flinging discs through the air. Our grant winners are:

2018 Grant Winners Announced This Tuesday!

This year we received a record number of applications for the Eagles Wings Disc Golf Junior Grant. There were so many great applicants and so many deserving kids that are making a difference in their local disc golf communities. Our judges have had the incredibly hard task of finding only 6 kids to receive a grant this year.

Thanks to one of our great sponsors, Smashboxx.tv, we are prepared to announce our six winners live with Terry Miller this Tuesday night. We encourage all of our applicants to tune in to find out if they will win this years grant. The entire staff at Eagles Wings Disc Golf is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and encourage six phenomenal kids and share with the world the difference they are making.

Please click on the Smashboxx.tv logos to go to their website and YouTube page.

Junior Grant Application Deadline This Friday!

This Friday, February 16th, 2018, is the deadline to submit your application for the 2018 Eagles Wings Disc Golf Junior Grant. Our judges are ready to begin reading about who you are and the plans that you have to make your local disc golf community better. Our sponsors are excited to see who they are supporting with their generous contributions. Our staff is ready to work hard to support and promote 6 of the most amazing junior disc golfers.

To be fair to all the applicants, we will not be accepting applications after this deadline. Be sure to set aside time to complete your application before the end of the day on Friday!

2018 Eagles Wings Junior Grant Application Is Now Live!

It is that time again for the Juniors who are making a difference in their local disc golf communities to let us know who they are and what they are up to. Our junior grant program is bigger and we are looking to find the 6 most deserving junior disc golfers. We have had many new sponsors step up to make this program even better.

Are you a junior? Take some time to plan out how you will make a difference this year for your local disc golf community. Will you do a service project? Are you planning to teach a group of kids to play disc golf? Are you helping put a

new disc golf course in? We want to hear from you! And, when you tell us your story, you might end up with your entry to the 2018 Junior Disc Golf World Championships or 2018 United States Disc Golf Championships paid for!

Do you know an amazing junior disc golfer in your local community? Reach out to them and work with them to make an even bigger difference in the local disc golf community. Then, have them fill out our application and volunteer to be a reference for them. We are so excited to meet the junior disc golfers who are making a difference near you and celebrate them at the biggest junior disc golf tournaments in 2018.

Get more information and fill out the application here!

The Eagles Wings Junior Grant is Back in 2018

In 2017 we started the Eagles Wings Disc Golf Junior Grant program with the help of some generous donors and partners. We were blessed to end up with four amazing Junior disc golfers who were striving to make a difference in their local disc golf communities. Through the year our winners continued to impress on and off the course!

With this in mind, Eagles Wings Disc Golf is ready to bring back out Junior Grant program for the 2018 disc golf season. We plan to expand the program to include 6 deserving Junior Disc Golfers this year. We are working to build partnerships that will offer our grant winners an even bigger prize pack which will again be centered around a paid entry to either the 2018 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships, or the 2018 Unites States Junior Disc Golf Championship. Eagles Wings Disc Golf will be actively involved with both of these events and we are excited to make sure our 6 winners will enjoy the experience with us.

The application will again be based on how players are investing in the disc golf community around them, so if you are a junior disc golfer we encourage you to start planning the service project(s) you will do in 2018. How can you bless the local disc golf community? Who can you help do the same? Who can you teach to play disc golf? We are looking forward to hearing from you and reading about your plans to make a difference. We expect that our application will go live on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018.