The weather forecast called for cold rain and snow flurries. As it turned out, it was sunny and a balmy 57 degrees. With a little luck from Mother Nature and an Innovation Grant from the Professional Disc Golf Association, our National Girls & Women in Sports Day dream came true.
The deadline for submission of applications for the first round of 2013 Innovation Grants is June 3, 2013.
The PDGA Innovation Grant Program was created in 2008 to increase and promote the awareness of the sport of disc golf and the Professional Disc Golf Association. Applicants are encouraged to think outside of the box to develop innovative and unique programs which will promote the sport and increase participation.
The Professional Disc Golf Association is pleased to announce the winning applicants for the June 2012 round of innovation grants.
Steve Mentrek: Disc Golf Clinics for Special Olympics Athletes - This project is geared towards introducing local Special Olympic athletes to the sport of disc golf. Through the use of local volunteers, we can create an inclusive opportunity for individuals with disabilities to see more of what their community has to offer.
Much like Owen Wilson’s and Vince Vaughn’s characters in Wedding Crashers, we had a simple plan. Crash the party. Bring gifts. Try to fit in. And much like the central theme of the film, we discovered that under the surface of it all, things run much deeper.
PDGA Innovation Grant Success Story Justin Menickelli, Ph.D.
On April 15, 2011, we hosted a disc golf workshop nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina with funding from an innovation grant from the Professional Disc Golf Association. Thirty physical education teachers from across North Carolina participated in an afternoon of fun, fitness, and education. Our objective was to educate physical education teachers on the health, physical fitness and environmental stewardship opportunities that disc golf provides. We exposed the teachers that participated and ultimately the thousands of young people they teach to the exciting sport of disc golf.