by Kevin Couch
Its been nearly two weeks now, but sometimes inspiration comes slowly.
We have all seen the devastation and suffering caused by the awesome destructive power of hurricane Katrina, and how it has been compounded by the bungling of those in positions of power. Its hard to watch. We feel helpless and angry. We should be angry, but we are not helpless. Each of us can give, whether by contibuting to one of the relief orgs, by getting into the actual relief effort, or by volunteering in our own community.
But we can also help by doing what we love to do, what brings us together as a unique family. If the disc golf community takes up this challenge, we can help make a difference by playing disc golf. NBA players are coming together to play in a benefit game. Artists have performed to benefit the relief effort. I say that we can play every remaining tournament in 2005 as a benefit tournament. I challenge every golfer in NorCal, every man, every woman, every junior, every am, every pro, every tournament director, and everyone on the NorCal Committee. Play every tournament remaining in 2005 and donate the entry fee to one of the relief organizations. All entry fees, minus expenses, and players packs, at the TD’s discretion. That means no prizes, no prize money; and it’s understood at the gitgo. If we could get sponsors, we’d no doubt get their involvement, too. But we usually only play for our own money anyway, so lets give something back to the community for once. In a big way.
The immediate disaster in the Gulf is over, but the need is still there and will be for many months, if not years. Lets pull together during the coming few months and commit to doing this one thing that we can do as group to help. It will be good for disc golf, and it will be good for us as individuals.