Looking for a fun way to donate to charity and another reason to keep a closer eye on USDGC action this year? Well, Chains for Charity is it. With Chains for Charity, USDGC fans just like you will pick a USDGC player to follow, then donate a contribution based on the number of birdies, eagles, and aces that player produces during the event.
Your contribution will go toward two nonprofits: Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE), which brings disc golf to schools, camps and youth organizations; and Throw Pink, which encourages women and girls to get out and be more physically active through disc golf while promoting women’s health Initiatives.
Hurry. You must enter before Round 1 on Wednesday to get in on the fun and prizes.
Here’s how a player racks up Birdie Points (which are based a player’s score relative to par):
BIRDIE = 1 Birdie Point
EAGLE = 2 Birdie Points
ACE = 3 Birdie Points
Here’s an example: Say, you picked Nate Sexton last year. He accumulated 41 Birdies, which meant 41 Birdie Points. Those who pledged $.50 per Birdie Point would contribute a total of $20.50 to charity, those who pledged $1 would contribute $41.
EDGE and Throw Pink won’t be the only ones benefiting from this promotion. Those who contribute are eligible for awesome prizes.
Look to the Chains for Charity Facebook page for more information and updates.
EDGE Coordinator Jay “Yeti” Reading, who is leading the Chains for Charity Promotion, said the idea was inspired by a similar promotion at a pro golf event in Iowa where he grew up.
“I just thought it was awesome,” said Reading.
Reading said the goal here is three-fold: Grow the game by supporting non-profits like EDGE and Throw Pink whose mission is to bring new players into the game; grow the sport by getting more people involved in the top level of professional disc golf and the players within it; and support the USDGC.
“This is another way to drive disc golf fans to tune into the USDGC and be a part of it no matter where they live,” said Reading, adding it will also be enjoyable for USDGC players.
“I think it will be fun for the players. I’m playing. And every time I line up for a 30 or 40-footer, I’m gonna be like I need to make this putt for charity,” said Reading.
Top performing USDGC players will also be rewarded. Cash bonuses will toward the USDGC player with backing contributors that accumulates the most Birdie Points and the player used to contribute the most donations.