After a two-year hiatus, on April 30, Mac Attack Charity Disc Golf Tournament Presented By Core & Main came back to celebrate its 10th anniversary!
Scroll down to see pictures thanks to Madi Edenfield and Peter Celis.
65 players enjoyed 36 holes of friendly, but competitive disc golf at MacIntyre Park Disc Golf Course including two CTP Holes, four Ace Holes, and an optional Ace Pool; breakfast thanks to Lewis Produce, Dunkin’ and Flowers Bakery; lunch compliments of Barberitos; beverages and cookies by Henderson’s; ice cream sandwiches from Blue Bell; and an awesome player pack, MAX disc, and prize packs thanks to all of our generous donors and hole sponsors. The players received a lot, but they also gave back by donating three giant bags of individually wrapped food items and $100 to Backpack Buddies summer food program, and Pro Player Jamie Kiep donated his winnings and the proceeds from sale of his promotional swag. Together, players, donors, and sponsors raised more than $10,000 for HOTC. We are blessed to have such a supportive community!
We might not be the biggest city, disc golf course, or tournament, but we’ve definitely got the biggest heart, and it shines through at this event. Two years away did nothing to damper the spirits of our partner Red Hills Disc Golf, or the players who show up in support. Thank you all!
Volunteering is good for you – mentally, spiritually, and physically.
Volunteering is good for our community – a healthy and pleasing environment makes for happy citizens.
Volunteering is good for others – when you donate your time and skills to a local non-profit, community agency, or project site, you are improving, directly and indirectly, the health and well-being of local children, seniors, and families, now and future.
In partnership with Live Better Thomas County, HOTC has added new, or improved existing, volunteer projects to include ways of promoting and creating healthy habits that benefit everyone:
Pedometer Project – For 2019-20, HOTC began distributing Live Better pedometers to all volunteers to exhibit the physical benefits of volunteering. Volunteers track and log their steps while volunteering at project sites. So far, volunteers have averaged over 4000 steps during a 2-3 hour volunteer period. That translates into approximately 2 miles per volunteer. We look forward to seeing the yearly totals! Need to log your steps? Click here.
Manna Drops – In January 2019, HOTC began including fresh produce at all of our free food distributions. Along with boxes of food staples, recipients receive bags of produce (so far – sweet potatoes, apples, tomatoes or collards) along with a recipe card compliments of Live Better which provides nutritional information and a healthy cooking idea.
Pop Up Plants – With the help of Lowe’s, Nutra-Ag, and Bonnie Bell, volunteers pot vegetable seedlings (strawberries, collards, cabbage, and squash to date) which are then given to community agencies for their clients and/or community garden. To help promote sustainable food practices, growing and food preparation instructions are included, along with a positive and inspirational message. In October/November 2019, more than 500 seedlings were distributed.
Sidewalk Art – Using stencils, and “magic rain-away spray”, volunteers create surprise sidewalk art promoting positive mental messages and/or physical activity like hopscotch. Sometimes, we all need a little surprise word of kindness or fun to brighten our day and our mindset.
Improvement of Public Spaces – Working with community partners, volunteers beautify vacant lots and green spaces. Litter pick-ups, landscaping, painting and repairing buildings, and planting of new trees and plants are all ways to improve the way our community looks and feels.
Disc Golf In The Community – In 2009, HOTC installed a 12-hole disc golf course at MacIntyre Park to encourage simple, healthy, outdoor activity for all ages. We hope to make a new installment at Cassidy Pond Park in the near future!
Look for these and other healthy living initiatives designed to help all of us live better!
The ninth annual Mac Attack Charity Disc Golf Tournament presented by Core & Main was held on Saturday, May 11 at MacIntyre Park Disc Golf Course. As always, we had an amazing day thanks to a full house, including five Pro Players; the weather gods which produced some threatening skies, but nothing more; and the most generous players who came ready to compete, but with open hearts.
This charity event benefits HOTC volunteer and community service programs. Thanks to our hole sponsors and donors for making this tournament possible especially Presenting Sponsor – Core & Main, Food Sponsor – Barberitos, and The City of Thomasville. Big props to Pro Player Jamie Kiep for coordinating a raffle of unique disc golf items which raised over $400; and to all the players who donated food and money to Backpack Buddies summer food programs. THANK YOU!
With two $250 CTP Holes, four $250 Ace Holes, and an option Ace Pot, there was lots of cash to be won. Shout out to David Fairbanks for his Ace on hole 6B, and to Dennis Tipton for taking home the CTP cash pot!
We look forward to doing it again soon.
Enjoy pics from Jay Flowers and Bella Pozo. Please feel free to share for your personal use.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Mac Attack VI Charity Disc Golf Tournament benefiting HOTC. It was a beautiful day of fun, fellowship and great competition! To see the results of this annual PDGA-sanctioned tournament, click here. Pictures, thanks to John Bosman, below. Images are available for download for personal use only; not for commercial purposes.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, players and volunteers for another successful disc golf tournament! For PDGA results, click here. Special thank you to volunteer John Bosmon for the great photos!
Want to help kids in need? We will be collecting small, individually packaged breakfast and lunch items for Second Harvest summer backpack food programs for kids. You can drop them by our office at 312 N. Broad St. prior to May 29, or bring to the tournament on May 30. We appreciate your generosity!
The fourth annual Jingle Jangle Charity Disc Golf Tournament is presented by HD Supply Waterworks in partnership with Red Hills Disc Golf and Innova Disc Golf. Proceeds benefit Hands On Thomas County volunteer and community service programs. Want to be a hole sponsor?Click here!
This tournament is open to ALL ages and skill levels. Prizes and/or cash in all divisions.
$25 entry fee includes player pack with JJ4 disc, and lunch from Granddaddy’s. Click here to register online. Or click here to print and mail your registration. Pre-registration deadline is December 3. Add $10 after that date.
EXTRA HOLIDAY BONUS POINTS! For extra holiday cheer, bring an unwrapped toy to benefit deserving kids at The Vashti Center during the holidays. Merry, merry!
Groups and organizations are also encouraged to take advantage of the HOTC Disc Golf In The Community program which maintains a disc bank where you can borrow discs and portable baskets, and offers free clinics/workshops through Red Hills Disc Golf club. Call 226-5200 for more information.
The young camper squints her eyes in concentration, pulls her arm back and flings the brightly colored disc into the air. Cha-klink! The disc meets its goal, the disc golf basket placed yards away. She high-fives her friend and jumps back in line for another turn. “It was lots of fun. I’m hoping my mom and dad will take me out to play more!” exclaims another enthusiastic first-timer.
Each week, this past summer at the Thomasville YMCA’s Camp Piney Woods, campers had the chance to learn the basics of disc golf as part of their curriculum thanks to a partnership with Red Hills Disc Golf club (RHDG), Hands On Thomas County (HOTC), and a grant from the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). RHDG members held a workshop teaching the basics of disc golf, which were then put into action at Camp Piney Woods and a day trip to MacIntyre Park Disc Golf Course. “We are grateful to the PDGA and our local partners – HOTC and Red Hills Disc Golf – for the opportunity to introduce the sport of disc golf to our summer campers. They had a fun time and were able to experience something new,” says Tom Everett, CEO of the Thomasville YMCA.
HOTC and the City of Thomasville, with community and volunteer support from RHDG, helped install the disc golf course at MacIntyre Park in 2010 with the goals of introducing a fun, inexpensive, physical activity that would appeal to all ages; and getting people outdoors and utilizing this great community park space. HOTC and RHDG also hold two charity disc golf tournaments each year, open to participants of all ages and skill levels, at the local course: Jingle Jangle in December and Mac Attack in May. In 2012, HOTC introduced “Disc Golf In The Community”, which loans donated discs and portable baskets to local groups and organizations, and offers free clinics and workshops through RHDG.
“Since so many people in our community are members of the YMCA, or participate in their organized sports programs, it made sense to reach out to the Y to get more people involved in this awesome sport,” says RHDG Member and HOTC Board Member Allen Thornhill. With a $500 Innovation Grant awarded by the PDGA, “Disc Golf With The Y” was born. Special discs were made just for the YMCA which were used at the 6-week long camp, and will be available for check-out year-round by any YMCA member for use at the MacIntyre Park Disc Golf Course. “Our hope is that with growing interest and participation by the community, disc golf will be offered like any other sport on their roster,” continues Thornhill.
To learn more about or get involved in the sport of disc golf, visit:
Professional Disc Golf Association – a membership organization dedicated to the promotion and sustainable growth of Disc Golf. It promotes the sport through player participation, tournament development, spectator participation, course development, rules and competitive standards, media and sponsor relations, and public education and outreach.
Red Hills Disc Golf – RHDG is dedicated to the promotion and growth of disc golf in the greater Thomasville, GA area by encouraging new players to get involved in organized disc golf, develop and maintain all Thomas County disc golf courses, promoting organized disc golf events, and striving to instill community awareness of the great sport of disc golf while fostering a spirit of competition.
Thanks to all of our players, sponsors and volunteers for another great disc golf tournament! To see tournament results, click here. Scroll down to see pictures from the event.
Mac Attack IV Charity Disc Golf Tournament is a PDGA-sanctioned, C-tier event presented in partnership with Red Hills Disc Golf and Innova Disc Golf. Proceeds benefit Hands On Thomas County volunteer and community service programs.
Learn more about the sport of disc golf here. Local groups and organizations are also encouraged to take advantage of the HOTC Disc Bank. Call 226-5200 for more information.