Educational Non-Profit for Youth Expands to Phoenix
04/23/2022

Special event to launch kickoff of new educational programming and disc golf course development at local park.

Online PR News – 23-April-2022 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Discing 4 Kids is holding a pop-up disc golf course event on Sunday, May 1 at Circle K Park in South Phoenix. The event is open to the public and will allow seasoned disc golf players to provide preliminary feedback on a proposed 9-hole course at the park, while surrounding community members get an opportunity to try it out and learn more about Discing 4 Kids’ recently announced collaboration with the Roosevelt Elementary School District. Registration for this event is free and the event kicks off at 12:00 p.m.

Eddie Diaz (affectionately known as ‘Mr. Eddie’ through his work with this program), founded Discing 4 Kids as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Flagstaff, in 2015, where he continues to offer programming for his local schools. What started as a labor of love for Mr. Eddie and for his community, has proven immensely popular as a means to teach pro-social skills to students all around. The core values of the program are integrity, respect, leadership, conflict resolution, accountability, safety and a healthy lifestyle. Disc golf is a great delivery mechanism, given its accessibility and general flexibility. And with portable baskets and minimal other equipment, D4k can bring all the fun to the kids wherever they are.

“You build ‘em, we’ll fill ‘em,” said Eddie Diaz, with Discing 4 Kids, when asked about his organization’s involvement in this upcoming course development event at Circle K Park, located at South Mountain Avenue and 12th Street in South Phoenix. Thanks largely to funding from the 21st Century grant program, the fun is expanding to Phoenix in preparation for the 2022 – 2023 school year. The grant is funded by the federal government to enable extracurricular activities for students at schools serving a high percentage of low-income families. There’s also been an outpouring of local support for bringing disc golf to Circle K Park, which was timed well with the Roosevelt School District’s willingness to try something new in order to help their students participate in a rapidly growing sport with low barriers to entry.

This highlights an important access issue, which is one factor that helped draw the neighborhood’s attention to a proposed course donation at Circle K Park. It also explains the local disc golf community’s eagerness to support course development and youth programming efforts in this rapidly gentrifying part of Phoenix. The co-owner of local disc golf store Chumba Discs, Quinton Wake, explains: “Disc golf brings a lot of healthy activity to areas that need it, but the focus remains on the people involved. We need to grow this sport equitably and ensure that we’re bringing this amazing activity to the kids who can most benefit.”

D4K and the Roosevelt District plan to do just that. They’ve announced three initial RSD schools for their fall launch, all eligible for 21st Century programming: Conchos, Sunland, and Chavez Elementary Schools. More schools will follow soon, but they’ll need additional support from new staff and volunteers in order to meet the demand. For more information about how to support the program or sign up a student, those interested can visit discing4kids.org.