Eagles Wings Featured on Channel 8 News

 

In September, Eagles Wings Disk Golf held a fundraiser supporting local and international sports ministry.

This tournament joined together disk golf and traditional golf. Teams of two went head to head competing in nine holes of alternate shot disk golf against traditonal golf, then competed in a golf scramble.

The event at Pilgrims Run Golf Club in Pierson MI, was featured on Channel 8 News WoodTV!

Click the video at the top or click here to see the news clip and article by WoodTV.

 

Happy 5th Birthday!

In August of 2013, Push The Rock opened an office in Macha, Zambia.  The only structure at that time was a single family home-the rest of the land was available to be used however ministry might evolve.

Five years later we celebrate the Lord’s goodness + faithfulness.  We now have a Recreation Center that is full of life and energy as children from the community stop in for various activities each afternoon.  They know they are welcome and loved by our staff-as they spend intentional time with one another-whether in sports, games, puzzles, or the library.  We value the many extracurricular activities because after five years, we have seen amazing relationships of respect and trust being built through play. We believe that when friendships are at the foundation of sharing Christ, the message of who Christ is can be more easily understood through honest and open dialogue.

After a few years as PTRZ, we started to dream of building our own sports complex to  accommodate the growing number of teams and sports we represented. After a couple years and many hours of clearing, planting + watering grass, and being patient-we are so excited to have our very own grass soccer field. We’re also thrilled to have just completed a full-size basketball court located next to the soccer field-both of which are already being used daily. We are honored to be able to provide a place in this community where young people can come for training, various practices, or to watch their favorite soccer team, PTR FC. We have plans to add volleyball + netball courts-along with an area people can grab snacks and drinks and socialize.

Another space we’ve been especially proud of is our 9 hole disc golf course. We were introduced to the sport by Eagles Wings Disc Golf who came in 2016 to build the course and instruct us in how the sport was played.

It’s been fun to see the kids and adults develop their game and become quite competitive. There’s been so much interest that we’ve partnered again with EWDG to expand the course to 18 holes, and together we’ll be hosting a PDGA official tournament in January of 2019.

Our staff has gone from a single volunteer to now 16 members.  Over the years, we continue to see our leaders growing in confidence, maturity, knowledge, and faith. These are the real stars of Push The Rock Zambia. It has taken an entire team effort to get us to the five year mark and we are ever grateful for the many people in the community here those in the United States who support the ministry.  We thank you for your generosity, for your prayers, and for your encouragement.

Atuyandane.

Home School Gym Class Offered in Delco in 2019!

We are excited to be expanding our Delaware County Office (Delco) by adding a Home School Gym Class Program starting in February, 2019! This program is a chance for your child(ren) to receive Biblical and Athletic instruction through our team of qualified coaches on a weekly level while also creating a sense of community with other home school families and students.

Click HERE for Details and to Register

Click HERE for a Class Brochure

For questions regarding this opportunity, contact Mitch Thomas, Delco District Manager, at mthomas@pushtherock.org or call at 302-530-5567

Meet Our Newest Team Member – Esther Schultz

Our Newest Team Member

Eagles Wings Disc Golf is extremely excited to announce our first ever international disc golf internship.  Starting an international internship program has been a dream of ours for a few years now.  In January 2019 we will see that dream realized as Esther Schultz heads to Macha, Zambia for a three month internship where she will lead disc golf activities, provide training for the staff, and help get the newly completed 18 hole course established.  We met Esther this past year at the Junior World Championships, and we don’t think we could have found a better candidate!  Esther has a heart for the disc golf community and Africa and we can’t wait to see what the Lord does during her time there!  We wanted to introduce you to Esther so please check out the interview below to get to know her better.

 

Esther’s Interview

1. Tell us your name and just a little about yourself. Where you grew up, what sports you played, size of family, etc.
My name is Esther Schultz and I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am the second oldest of eleven kids and disc golf is the only sport that I have competed in. It is the perfect sport for my family and I have been in love with it for many years now.

 

2. When did you begin following Christ and who has had the biggest impact in your faith?
It feels like I have been a Christian my entire life. I was raised by parents who love Jesus and showed me through their lives what that looks like. They have by far had the biggest impact in my faith.

 

3. When did you begin playing disc golf, and what is your favorite thing about the sport?
My disc golf career started when I was about ten-years-old. There’s a lot of things that I love about the sport but my favorite aspect would probably be the unique community of people that disc golf brings together.

 

4. How did you find out about Eagles Wings Disc Golf and what made you want to get involved?
Last year, my parents found out about the Eagles Wings Disc Golf junior grant and encouraged my siblings and I to enter. After my brother won, I began to learn more about what other things Eagles Wings was doing and fell in love with it. There is a real need for ministry in the disc golf world and I love what Eagles Wings is doing to meet it!

 

5. Have you always had a heart for ministry in Africa? If so, how did that start?
Yes! For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to Africa. My parents are pastors, so I grew up getting to know a lot of missionaries. I have always had a burden and heart to do the things that they are doing around the world. I’m not sure exactly why, but Africa has always stuck out to me.

 

6. What are you most looking forward to during your internship?
I am really looking forward to just being there! Like I said, this is something that I have wanted to do my entire life. I know it is going to be tough, I am going to be learning and doing a lot of new things but I am so ready for the adventure!

 

 7. Other than disc golf, what is something else you like to do for fun?
 I love to play my guitar and do anything with my friends!

 

8. What is your favorite disc golf course? 
The Rez in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

9. What is your favorite or most unique disc golf memory?
I have so many! One of my favorites though was watching my brother play in Arizona for the chance to win a car. He played phenomenal the whole tournament, went into a six-hole sudden death playoff. It was one of the most intense things that I have ever experienced. Through it all, my little bro stayed true to himself and was able to come out happy on the other side. Even though I didn’t throw a single shot, watching him do what he did that week was truly an honor.
 

 

10. What is the number one thing you hope to take away from your time in Africa?
The number one thing I hope to take away is a better understanding of the Lord’s heart. To see what he created on the other side of the world and serving Him wholeheartedly I believe will be truly powerful.

 

Follow Along

To follow along with Esther, please like her Facebook page where she will be posting and updating about her experience!

Two Junior Disc Golf Tournaments, One Weekend

2018 has been a great year for junior disc golf. It was announced that the first ever Junior Disc Golf World Championship would take place.  Soon after it was announced that the first ever United States Junior Disc Golf Championship would also be happening.  We are looking forward to assisting with both of these new ventures this year, and this past weekend we ran two events of our own in PA and MI.

Last Saturday we had 117 junior players compete in one of our events.  In Michigan, staff member Jim Schultz held the 3rd Midwest JUNIOR Regional at Brewer Park in Grand Rapids.  The tournament was immediately followed by the Michigan High School Disc Golf Championships. Thanks to a great group of volunteers and sponsors it was a great day of disc golf.  You can check out the full results from the day here.

In Kenilworth, PA Dustin, Hannah, and Seth hosted the first of 2 summer junior tournaments, The Kenilworth Summer Break Bash.  This was the first year making this event a PDGA sanctioned event, and we had our largest turnout to date.  The day started out with a chapel and clinic, followed by a very competitive round that featured several sponsored players.  After the round a local church provided lunch for players, family members and volunteers for a great end to the day. You can check out the full results from the day here.

 

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. Please keep our staff in prayer as we travel to Kansas and Vermont for the championship events mentioned previously, and then return to PA for the Mid-Atlantic JUNIOR Regional at Sellersville Disc Golf Course.

We also want to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors.  We received tremendous support from local clubs, players and churches.  In addition Disc Baron and D-Town Disc Golf played a huge role in both events.  Finally, we thank Innova Discs, Dynamic Discs, Paragon Disc Golf, and Upper Park Design for their ongoing support of our events.

TENERIFE 2017 | UPDATE 4 | JUNE 20

Tuesday, June 20

Today we went on a hike exploring the beauty of Tenerife.  At the end of the hike we went cliff jumping into the ocean.  During this time, Josh attempted a flip into the ocean and landed on his eye.  Hie eye swelled up as if he was punched in the eye.  We then continued clinics at the Santa Ursula and La Victoria.  I was at the La Victoria clinic and I could see all of the relationships being built between the coaches and the campers.  The clinics get more and more fun every day.  I enjoy spending time with the kids and seeing them improve their game.  After the clinics, we had our fist game against the La Victoria team.  Our team took a little bit of time to click but eventually we did and we pulled off the win.  After the game, we enjoyed one of the best dinners I have ever had and then we went back home and crashed to asleep.  -Jake

Costa Rica Houghton Trip Update 5.15.17

It is already day two and most of our team is almost fluent! Okay, not quite, but many of them are doing a great job of practicing their spanish. Today consisted of waking up, having some delicious fresh fruit and Costa Rican pancakes, and getting ready for our first match. We left for our first match at 9:30 am and arrived at the University of Costa Rica. We waited  about 45 minutes until the University team got ready and came to the field. We have quickly learned that things do not always start on time, and that has helped us to quickly learn how to be flexible. The game started off quite “cool” for Costa Rica standards, but extremely humid and later got a lot sunnier. It was a well fought game, but in the end the University of Costa Rica defeated us. The Push The Rock staff shared why we were here and then one of our players shared his testimony. He shared about how he used to only play for himself, but now he plays for Christ and for eternity now, which caught the other teams attention. After his testimony we prayed together and took pictures. One of the players asked to talk to that Houghton player and told him he is a Christian as well. They got to have an encouraging conversation, and then we were off to lunch. After lunch, the Push The Rock staff explained how we will be running a track and field event for four schools. That is one of the many things we are very excited about. We then got to rest up, have dinner, team time and sleep! Tomorrow will be an early morning.

 

Tenerife Welch Team Update #4 April 5 & 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 5 / Thursday, April 6
The last 2 days we were at the International School in Adeje.  The
facility is beautiful, the teachers were friendly and the kids were
full of energy.  We rotated through 6 age groups (7-12 year olds) the
first day and taught 382 kids the basics of basketball.  They LOVED
it.  They even asked us for our autographs!  The school provided a
delicious lunch for us each day, even though a little British girl
told us not to eat the food, especially the potatoes, because they are
poison.

Today we saw 211 (13-18 year olds)! They didn’t think we were as cool
(so no autographs) but they did work really hard at each station and
seemed to truly enjoy themselves.  At the end of the day, we were told
that we may not have any students for the last station because school
had ended and kids leave right away.  We had 8 young men stay to play
some basketball with us.  We played some crazy game of 10 v 10 with 6
hoops.  It was a lot of fun and the guys enjoyed it.

Once class was over, we were given a tour of the facility.  What a
beautiful place!  We were also told that Push The Rock has an open
door invitation to come back!  Praise the Lord.

When we got back to Los Bomberos, we had team time and then rested
about 15 min…then it was off to our next clinic.  We returned to the
same club we were at on Monday.  Some of these kids have been playing
basketball for years and a number have attended Push The Rock camps since the
beginning.  We had 66 kids ages 6-16 run through stations.

After camp, we had a game.  We played a team of “older” women (some of
whom Push The Rock has played in the past).  It was great to play with them
again and to demonstrate Who we play for.  We got off to a slow start
but then found our legs and were able to pull ahead and win the game.
It still amazes me that God chooses to use us and the game of
basketball to bring people to Himself.  We pray that the interactions
we had with the kids, teachers, administration, etc, would point
people to Jesus Christ.

Bendiciones y buenas noches,
Kim Schlonecker – for the team

Tenerife Welch Team Update #3 April 4, 2017

Tuesday, April 4

Today was a busy but fantastic day.  We had an early start this morning with breakfast at 7am!  We were at Galeon again today to teach basketball (their PE class) to the rest of the classes.  When we arranged to be at the school, the administration wanted all their students to experience Push The Rock.  So that’s why we had so many kids today.  We saw 374 kids this morning from 8:00am-2:00pm.  We again had to be creative with as many as 77 kids at one time with 2 hoops and 28 basketballs.  Camp went very well and the kids (and teachers) seemed to really enjoy it.  A couple groups spoke English, so that was a nice change for the team, although, they are doing very well in Spanish.   During recess time, it was great to see many of the students from yesterday find the coaches and talk to them.  They were disappointed that today is our last day with them.  After camp, we headed back to los Bomberos for lunch and had team time.

After a little rest, we packed up and headed to San Lorenzo, a little town about 20 minutes away.  We ran stations for their club teams from 5:30-7:00pm.  One of the players did an excellent job of sharing the sportsmanship thought on teamwork, with not only the kids but also with their parents who were sitting nearby.  The clinic was run very similarly to the morning, rotating 57 kids through 6 stations.  It was great to see the excitement and energy the kids had at each station.  After the clinic, we played their girls’ club team.  Some of the girls attended our camp last summer, so it was great to reconnect with them.  We had a great opportunity to show the kids, that stayed to cheer us on, what teamwork is all about.  Our team played very well and pulled ahead quickly.  We ended up winning the game by a lot.  After the game, we took pictures with the team and headed back to los Bomberos for dinner.

We are excited about the new opportunities that await us tomorrow and look forward to investing in the kids.

Blessings,

Kim Schlonecker, for the team.