OA: Rock Cesario Column January 30, 2009
For disc-golf fanatics, our Super Bowl is just around the corner
Well, the big bowl game is here.
That’s right. It is once again time for the Ice Bowl. You know, that disc golf tournament held during the middle of the winter, when a large group of “crazy” disc-golf fanatics get together to raise money for a very worthy charitable cause.
Most of those who know me or read this column know I am an avid disc golfer. I find disc golf to be much more relaxing and enjoyable for me than ball golf ever was.
Disc golfers, for the most part, are all about having fun, and believe me, we do.
A big part of that fun is raising money for charity, and since most disc golfers don’t know when to come in out of the cold, we have a national fundraising event called the “Ice Bowl.”
This year’s Ice Bowl is at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Riverbend Park in Palisade.
We may be crazy, but not crazy enough to go against that other bowl game this weekend.
However, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club will have members at all six of the Valley’s City Market stores to collect food and monetary donations for this year’s charity, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach and Soup Kitchen.
So when you are out shopping Saturday for the big game, or just getting your weekly
groceries, we hope you will find it in your heart to make a much needed donation.
You can also donate by playing in the Ice Bowl. Sign up at http://www.gvdiscgolf.org.
Last year, the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club came in fifth in the nation by collecting $8,000 and 1,200 pounds of food, so I know all of the generous folks in the Grand Valley will step up and help us toward our goal this year.
This is from http://www.icebowlhq.com: “The first disc golf Ice Bowl was held in January of 1987 in Missouri. It was an attempt to get some disc golfing activity going in the dead of winter.
The Sunday before the Super Bowl was chosen because it was a football-free day, thus getting rid of the ‘I’m watching the game’ excuse for not playing. Saturday night before the Ice Bowl, it snowed five inches. The results were good as 34 people and the media showed up. Since then, the Ice Bowl has continued to evolve going to an Ice Bowl weekend the next year, which led to an Ice Bowl Corridor of six weekends in 2001 to today’s Ice Bowl
Corridor of eight weekends in January and February. The Ice Bowl is for all those disc golfers gutsy, crazy, desperate, or fun-loving enough to join together in an act of disc golf solidarity around the world. Regardless of the weather conditions, the idea is to have fun, raise funds and food for local food banks and dispel the gloom of winter.”
Each pound of food has a cash value of 13 cents. Cash is better because Grand Valley Catholic Outreach can buy food cheaper than we can. Remember hunger has no face and knows no season.
So I ask you to please come out Saturday and donate to a great cause.
You can also drop off cash and food donations at Triple Play Records at 530 Main St. throughout the next week.