The students were on site at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, for a Team Smile event. Loads of local dentists were on hand to give free cleanings/checkups to these students. While they weren’t getting their teeth looked at, they had several activities to take part in.
We had a station set up where they could learn and practice full throws and then test out the radar gun to see how fast they were throwing. The second station was putting instruction and practice. Sadly, probably 95% of them have never played disc golf before. Positively, probably 95% of them have thrown a Frisbee before. We used this basic knowledge as a platform to learn more and have more fun.
My favorite class that came through was a class that spoke very little English. There were students from Korea, Vietnam, Brazil and Zimbabwe. This made talking about disc golf very difficult. However, they were eager to learn and I was eager to share the sport. Through sign language, gestures and lots of smiles and laughs, we had a fantastic time. This group seemed to appreciate success more than the rest. One made 15’ putt caused an eruption of applause and laughs; no matter how many times it happened.
This group reminded me why we try to grow the sport. Throwing discs is fun. Throwing discs well is even more fun. Everyone should get to laugh and smile as much as this fantastic group.
Dixon Jowers is a on Team Dynamic Discs and is an Operations Specialists at Dynamic Discs