« on: March 30, 2010, 01:15:53 PM »
Jack, i would really like for you to push the obesity issue. This would be an excellent platform for the PDGA to get behind. The PDGA would be able to access more markets if they go full throttle at being in the leader in promoting lifetime alternative fitness activities. The PDGA could take a very aggressive role in promoting and sponsoring disc golf programs and grants for schools. Having our professional organization behind a hot topic like obesity could propel into the national spotlight. It was very difficult finding an education grant for building Yates. Luckily we have a very generous corporation in KC that seriously supports education. Sprint was very generous in awarding me the 5K . It was a stretch to make my grant allign with the SPRINT objectives for my grant. I searched for months and could not find anything out there that would have worked to build a disc golf course. In an issue of DGW, i took a jab at the matching baskets program. Sure it sounds like a great program, but it is only offered to colleges. Why? because college kids will pump money back into the sport, which in turn may help fund the PDGA. You got to build your fan base bigger, and offering disc golf at colleges is a positive route, but not the only route. We need to have a matching baskets program available to high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. Hypothetically, when a school applies for the matching baskets program, a local pdga member could quickly survey the land to see if it is suitable for a course, or just some holes. If it is not suitable, then the PDGA does not waste its money. You do not have to build courses at schools, just 4-5 holes is plenty for the pe teacher at the elementary level. Middle and high school would need more holes becuase of increased class size.
College kids will look at disc golf as a hippie sport when they discover it in college. We need to introduce it early with trained professionals teaching the sport. Not like the way i learned when i was at Mizzou playing beer golf. I did not pick up a disc again until five years later. Why, well because i was not taught how to throw or play properly. We need to reach further and reach with professionals and have the pdga behind it. Why does NBA and NFL have such huge markets? Well becuase every single town as little leagues that kids at the ages of 4 and up play. Even if they drop out of sports by middle school, they still have had exposure and were taught by knowledgable folks and will continue to watch those sports the rest of their lives.
If you get elected, do you have a cabinet position for a health ambassdor?