Freezing frisbee flingers fundraiser

Ice Bowl flyer
By: 
Catie Clark
Reporter

Blackfoot disc golfers are holding a fundraising tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Jensen Grove disc golf course. Proceeds will benefit the local Community Dinner Table charity. Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. The course and parking are in the part closest to the interstate.
The fundraiser is part of the annual Ice Bowl campaign held ever since 1987. During January and February, local disc golf groups organize events during the coldest weather of the year. The purpose is to raise funds to combat hunger.
"Every winter, we play to give back to the community," Shawn Cafferty of Shelley said. Cafferty is one of the event's organizers. "Last year, we raised $1,000 and collected 1,000 pounds of food at our Ice Bowl in Idaho Falls. Our motto is 'No wimps, no whiners.' The worse the weather, the better."
This year's tournament is the first ever held in Blackfoot. In addition to raising funds for charity, its purpose it to publicize the recent expansion of Blackfoot's course. "Community donors, local players and the City came together during 2017 to expand the course from 9 to 18 holes," Cafferty explained. "We wanted to get more folks here to play and to get to know the course. I work across the street and since the course expansion, it has been used a lot more frequently."
The entry fee for Saturday's tournament is $20 plus five cans of food. Entrants can sign up online at www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/event-detail.cfm/tourn_id/5197 or at the event itself. Two rounds with a lunch break are planned. If players bring more than the minimum cans of food, they will receive extra tickets for a raffle at the end of the tournament.
Part of the entry fee funds the costs of the event. The rest of the fee and all the food goes to the Community Dinner Table, a Bingham County charity that runs a food pantry and serves freedinners in Blackfoot on Tuesday evening from late October through March.
"It's great that we stand out well enough that (the disc golf) folks chose us this year as their charity," Lee Hammett said. Hammett is a co-founder and board of directors member of the Community Dinner Table. "We appreciate their attentiveness to the need of the county."
Questions about the Ice Bowl or local disc golf are welcome on the Blackfoot Disc Golf group on Facebook.

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