Prairie Elementary holds assembly to celebrate disc golf course

By Jacob Dimond / [email protected]

Prairie Elementary School held a reopening ceremony for its disc golf course for its students on Friday, May 20.

The school has hosted several members of Dynamic Discs, who have worked to educate students about this growing sport.

Chuck Ahrens and Dynamic Discs originally implemented and installed the disc golf course at Prairie Elementary School in 2019, but their plan to teach students how to properly use the equipment was stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

“This is a league certified, professionally designed course. Chuck and his group were able to give us a big discount on the equipment, and (then) Mayor Foster donated the sign out front,” Prairie Elementary Principal Deborah McLaren said after the interview. Assembly. “We are trying to revitalize the school, as well as the community by putting the course back in place. We are finally able to pull this project off the back burner.

Two disc golf competitors, Tyler Ahrens, 16, and Carter Ahrens, 14, attended the event with Dynamic Discs to hopefully inspire the next generation of disc golf athletes.

The brothers each set various world records in the sport. Carter Ahrens set the record for the youngest player to win a Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned tournament at Level B or higher when he was just 14 years old.

“Through disc golf, these kids can learn to develop character and be the best they can be,” said Tyler Ahrens, who competed for Team USA at the World Frisbee Federation World Championships. “You learn to set goals and push beyond your personal limits.”

His younger brother shared a similar message when he said sport empowers people to set goals to smash while growing as an athlete.

His teammate Jarrett Nesmith also attended the ceremony.

“I think having disc golf courses here in Prairie was important because the younger generation is the most likely to learn,” Nesmith said. “And being able to access the course at such a young age, it gives these kids the opportunity to have fun and grow in the sport.”

Nesmith noted that many universities across America are now offering scholarships to play disc golf. Universities that offer disc golf programs include Michigan, Texas Tech, Liberty, North Carolina State, and Georgia, among others.

McKenzie DeVore, the girls’ golf coach at Yelm High School, will teach students at Prairie Elementary School how to use disc golf equipment and teach them the fundamentals of the sport during a unit of their physical education lessons. The rules of disc golf and golf are similar, so teaching the unit should be pretty smooth for DeVore.

The school has invested money in obtaining several disc sets, so that more students can enjoy the sport during the unit.

Class is open to the public, with times posted on a sign in the Prairie Elementary School parking lot.

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