Well Spring has sprung and brings with it a time of great activity and excitement for the Disc Golfers of Kansas City. But first, I would like to offer one last cold blast from the not-too-distance past: an update about the success and future of the annual Kansas City Ice Bowl. Most importantly, Harvesters and The Bishop Sullivan Center (one of Harvesters’ largest food pantry) received $7,035, which provides more than 21,000 meals to feed the hungry.
This brings the total amount contributed–over the past decade–to almost $65,000 (the exact amount donated to the charitable entities is $64,896).This is amazing. You are amazing, but we can do more. This year we had the lowest turn out since 2008: 327 players. Low turn out adversely affects the amount of our contributions. Just 75 more players would raise an additional $1,000 in donations. That’s 3,000 meals!!! Turn out was lower than anticipated at the satellite events with one exception, Rosedale, which just went CRAZY! Special thanks to Lee Killian for stepping up and making that happen. Although the turn out wasnt as strong as many of us would have liked, the event was still successful in so many ways. Many thanks to the people that helped to secure the satellite events: Eric Eastwood; Andy Lewis; Michael Kruguer; KuJo; Patrick Smith; Gary Burge; and (the instigator himself) Rick Rothstein.
Our sport is a true reflection of the people of the community.The Ice Bowl showcases some of our best people and our best character. We play hard and work harder to make sure that we leave our parks better than we found them. We are willing to help others around us and show our support, and in exchange we get to play the sport that draws us all as one. Therefore, we are grateful that for a few days in January we get to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We get to pull together as one towards a common goal. We do it all in the name of fun, excitement, and the chance to play our sport in the middle of what otherwise would be a cold winter without plastic hitting the chains…The Ice Bowl.
I want to thank you all for the continued support of the Ice Bowl. I sincerely hope that you can help spread the word about how we can grow. Next winter, our goal is to have over 500 participants and finally eclipse that $10,000 donation mark. The time has come to start to play again for fun and excitement. For now, get out and help your local course and league director. Those in need will remain in need, but we were able to help ever so slightly, so please take pride in our efforts to help our community continue to be strong within itself.
Thank you Kansas City Disc Golf, there are many you helped that have no idea, and that is ok. We will do it again next year!
-Jack Lowe – KC Ice Bowl Event Coordinator