When we started our Junior Grant Program this year we were blown away by some amazing junior disc golfers who are really doing some great things both on and off the course. They have all worked so hard to make a difference while working on their own disc golf game. Our main objective was never to support the best players, but those who understand the importance of giving back and investing in those around them. What has been particularly exciting is that it seems to have worked out that we chose not only great ambassadors, but also incredibly talented players as we saw at the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships in Iowa this year.
While that was a great week together we now want to celebrate another achievement of one of our grant winners. Recently, 14 year old Silas Schultz, had an incredible showing at the Next Generation Disc Golf National Championships. This tournament was the culmination of a series of events from around the country with the intention of finding the top amateur player who would be rewarded with a brand new car. Not only did Silas make it to the tournament, a great accomplishment in itself, he never found himself outside the top three throughout the event! After taking a one stroke lead into the finals he ended up finishing second place after an epic six hole playoff by just a stroke.
We are incredibly proud of Silas for not just the way he competed, but for how he conducted himself on the course throughout the competition. Over the past several days we received a number of comments from people who met Silas at this event and were compelled to tell us how great a young man he is! Check out the video below to watch some of the coverage.
While we do not have all the details in place quite yet we are excited to announce that we will be again offering a junior grant for 2018. This year we were able to give the grant to four winners, and in 2018 we are planning to extend this offer to six young disc golfers! In addition to that part of the grant will be paid entry to either the Junior Disc Golf World Championships OR the United States Junior Disc Golf Championships. Both of these events are brand new for 2018 and we are excited to be playing a role in both. We could not have offered the grant without the support from a great set of sponsors this past year. If you are interested in being part of our Junior Grant in 2018 please contact Dustin Leatherman at email@example.com.
The 2017 Am and Jr. Worlds was an amazing gathering of some of the best Amateur disc golfers in the world, and it was a pleasure to be part of it as an organization! We had three of our full-time staff members there, and three of our junior grant recipients. There were over 600 players competing, and a jam-packed schedule for the week for all the competitors between rounds of disc golf, and fun activities for them to do. Our staff got to meet so many great people during the week, and we can’t wait to come again to this event and invest in this awesome gathering of competitors!
Jim Schultz headed up the Eagles Wings components of the event which started off with a chapel open to all competitors. To kick off the event all the players gathered for a players meeting, and our chapel was scheduled to follow. Unfortunately, the players meeting ran long, but we still had over 25 people attend to listen to a message from Jim and worship together. A local church, Edgewood Baptist Church, partnered with us and led us in a great time of singing and worship. All in all it was a greatly encouraging time of believers gathered together.
Part of the junior grant included a dinner for recipients and their families. Jim hosted the first night of competition and it was a privilege to spend this time with a wonderful group of young players. Jim got to share about Eagles Wings and one of the winners let him know of all the help she received to get to the competition; Eagles Wings was her favorite because it involved faith! Beyond the dinner, Jim got to spend at least one round with each competitor as he caddied for them and continued to build the relationship with them and their families.
After already participating in the Professional and Amateur World championships we will next head to Grand Rapids, Michigan to participate in the World Championships for the age-protected divisions. Jim will again run a chapel for the competitors, and will himself be competing!
The PDGA Amateur and Junior Disc Golf world championships is always a great gathering of disc golfers from across the world. People are there to compete in one of the largest annual disc golf tournaments for amateur disc golfers. It is a great place to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy everything disc golf.
Eagles Wings Disc Golf is excited to be part of this year’s Amateur and Junior world championships. We are looking forward to another great chapel as well as celebrating our first ever Eagles Wings Junior Disc Golf Grant winners and watching team member Elijah Hogan compete in his first Junior World Championships.
We are excited to be able to offer a chapel service at this great tournament. It will be great to connect with other believers and share the challenge of loving Jesus in the disc golf community. We will be meeting after the players meeting in a side room at the same venue.
Silas Schultz, Virginia Polkinghorne and Lydia Lyons were three of the recipients of our first ever Junior Grant. These three are being rewarded for the incredible contributions they are making to disc golf. They have helped to clean up courses in their local community and taught many the sport of disc golf. We are proud to be part of their experience at this year’s World Championships.
After spending the last two years volunteering at the PDGA Professional World Championships with Eagles Wings Disc Golf, Elijah is excited to be competing in his first PDGA Junior World Championships. Elijah has been involved with Eagles Wings Disc Golf for several years now, always part of the local events in Pennsylvania. He has traveled to two world championships to volunteer and been hit in the head once by a disc thrown by Will Schusterick. Now he will get to test his disc golf skills against the best in the world.
If you will be in the quad cities area, please make sure to connect with us as you can.
In our search this year to find four outstanding young disc golfers we have read applications from over 30 people. Every applicant has shown that they are willing to work hard to not only improve their own disc golf game but also to share the game with many others.
In the past, these young people have helped to run leagues, volunteered at course work days, and taught others to play the sport they love. They are all committed to continuing to do more to help grow the sport of disc golf. We are very pleased to be able to bless four of these individuals with helping in the opportunity for them to compete at this year’s PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships.
This year’s winners are:
All of these winners plan to remain committed to running clinics and putting leagues as well as helping with course cleanup and development. We are looking forward to hearing their stories of all their efforts and seeing them compete in the PDGA Junior World Championships.
This decision was difficult! We could have picked any of the applicants and felt great about it. Thank you to all who applied!
Driven by our desire to provide junior disc golfers the opportunity to improve and compete, and inspired by the Nate Doss Grant Program from 2016, Eagles Wings Disc Golf is offering their own Junior Grant for 2017. This past year we worked with well over 1,000 youth teaching clinics, running leagues, and hosting tournaments, and we are excited about the future of youth disc golf. As a faith-based organization, we rely on donations and the support of others, and we have been blessed with a gift from a generous donor that allows us to offer this program. We are also excited to have some of our partners step up and offer additional incentives for the recipients!
The grant will center around paid entry to the 2017 Junior and Amateur World Championships. In addition to this each recipient will receive Eagles Wings gear, a PDGA Membership, and some awesome gifts from our partners such as D-Town Disc Golf, Upper Park Designs, Paragon Disc Golf, Kids Disc Golf, and Luna Discs. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this in 2017, and look forward to bigger and better things in 2018 when Juniors will have their own World Championships in Emporia, Kansas!
Full details, along with the application process, will be shared tomorrow afternoon on our website. Please help us spread the word by sharing this with junior disc golfers in your area and beyond!
Driven by our desire to see youth disc golf grow, and inspired by the Nate Doss Grant Program from 2016, Eagles Wings Disc Golf is offering their own Grant Program for 2017. This past year we worked with well over 1,000 youth teaching clinics, running leagues, and hosting tournaments and we are excited about the future of youth disc golf. As a faith-based organization, we rely on donations and the support of others, and we have been blessed with a gift from a generous donor that allows us to offer this program. We are also excited to have some of our partners step up and offer additional incentives for the recipients! We will be selecting four deserving individuals to receive these grants.
Each Recipient Will Receive:
Entry to the PDGA Amateur World Championships
2017 PDGA Registration Renewal (Will be applied to 2018 if recipient has already renewed for 2017)
Dinner the week of the tournament for recipient and parents with Eagles Wings Staff Member
1 Eagles Wings Disc / Towel / Mini
1 Custom Jersey provided by Paragon Disc Golf
1 $50 Gift Certificate to D-Town Disc Golf‘s online site
1 Drawstring Disc Golf Bag provided by Upper Park Designs
1 Disc / Shirt provided by Kids Disc Golf
2 Discs with a Luna Discs stamp on them provided by Luna Discs
Grant recipients are responsible for all travel and transportation costs associated with the tournament.
Must be 18 years old or younger
Must be eligible to compete in the PDGA Amateur World Championships in 2017. Click HERE for Criteria.
Must submit an essay of up to 200 words written by the applicant showing why they deserve the grant
Must submit a proposal for a project they will complete in 2017 that will serve their local disc golf community
Must provide a reference of a PDGA member in your local disc golf community
Selections will be made by a panel of judges that will consists of volunteers from various regions, and will be headed up by one full-time staff member. Family members of an Eagles Wings Disc Golf staff member are ineligible to receive the grant. Judges will be looking for applicants who are serious about improving their game, but more importantly serious about serving the disc golf community around them.
All applicants must complete the application process by the deadline listed below. Please use the link below to apply.