Team Keen Donations Selected!
After going over many different ideas, I have made a final decision on where the 2012 and 2013 Team Keen fundraising money will be donated. The $1,000 raised from the 2012 Team Keen discs will be going to help support 2 local collages in my new hometown of Bend, OR. Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University Cascades (OSU Cascades) are the two colleges here in Bend and over the past few years have been putting together Collegiate Disc Golf teams, and last year COCC competed at the National Championship. Putting together the teams is just the first step and equipment is still limited as the teams are forced to share their practice time with locals on our busy courses.
The 2012 Team Keen donation will go towards purchasing personalized practice baskets for each team. With the help of my friends at DGA, the baskets will be powder-coated in each of the school’s colors with their team logo on the number plate. These baskets will help the team run practice on campus at the athletic field, plus give them a sense of team pride. Not only will the current teams be able to enjoy these new baskets, but teams for years will be able to hone their skills. I think the the growth of collegiate Disc Golf is very important to the success of the sport. The team aspect, to me, is the most important factor. Learning to support your fellow disc golfer is such an amazing character builder I think the collegiate level is a perfect place to engrain this. With the residual funds after the purchase of the baskets, team shirts will be made to be worn proudly at Collegiate Nationals next spring in Augusta, GA.