Zambia Trip Update – 2.6.20
Day 4 was highlighted by the first standard disc golf basket installed in Zambia! Thanks to Chris Rodriguez, we have generated a lot of excitement from the Zambians with a 28 chain basket! What an improvement from their typical 8 chain basket with a water bin attached. The new baskets have been designed specifically for this course in Macha using materials donated by El Guapo Baskets along with 3 private donors. Two baskets were fully completed and installed with three more planning to be installed before the junior tournament tomorrow afternoon. What has been great about this process is that Boyd, Martin, & Gerald, local Zambian Push The Rock staff members, will be able to complete the rest of the 18 baskets once the team has left. All basket materials are ready for assembling and installation which will be taking place over the next couple weeks to complete their course.
After lunch, the team had the unique opportunity to visit Coach Gerald’s house and walk through the Macha market. It was a meaningful time for the team to talk with Coach G and meet his family. He shared with the team his perspective on disc golf in the community, and the value it brings.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team has finished preparing the course for the tournaments. The five new long tee pads will be used for one of the rounds on Saturday for some of the divisions. Over 50 kids came out this afternoon to train for the tournament tomorrow. Around 20 of the top scores will be granted entry into the Zambia Open on Saturday, free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors. The tournaments here are very special to Macha as it really brings the community together. Kids are being let out of school and some kids are even traveling from an hour away to play! We can’t wait to share pictures and stories with you tomorrow!
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