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The David Stidham Tournament Series: Your Donation Dollars at Work

Published: 1/27/2014 by: mcmanus

Winter in NEFAland means Ice Bowls and there are certainly plenty of local tournaments to choose from each year.  A common thread amongst all Ice Bowls is the charitable motivation behind them  From food pantries to foreign missions and everything in between, Ice Bowls are organized  first and foremost to raise funds for charitable endeavors.  Indeed, it is this charitable component that reminds us all that we can still compete and have fun while raising money for a good cause. 

Gary Cyr  has taken over the David Stidham Tournament Series since the passing of tournament director extraordinaire, & NEFA legend, David Stidham, last year.  Each tournament in the David Stidham Series will have a portion of the proceeds go towards the Coastal Haiti Mission.  David hosted the Buffumville Ice Bowl since its inception along with many other tournaments, and his charity of choice is the Coastal Haiti Mission, a foster care program for homeless children in a section of Northern Haiti.  Not only did David actively raise money for this charity through the many tournaments he directed, he was also involved in the mission first hand, making several trips to Northern Haiti to directly help children in need.  Below is a link to a thank you letter sent from Constance F. Goddard of the Coastal Haiti Mission to all those who have participated in the Buffumville Ice Bowl Series, be it as players, volunteers, organizers and outside donators: 

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It certainly does the heart good to see that your charitable donations are going directly towards helping to improve the lives and opportunities of those in need.  If you've never played an Ice Bowl before, I encourage you to do so.  That  intense feeling you get from competing in the sport we all love will be exceeded a thousand fold by knowing you helped contribute to the betterment of those who are truly struggling. 

If you wish to make a charitable donation to the Coastal Haiti Mission, please click here to find out how.

Peace



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NEFA- Membership Has Its Privileges

Published: 1/7/2014 by: mcmanus

 


When you're thinking about whether or not to join a particular club or organization, first and foremost, you will want to know what the membership benefits are.  Additionally, you'll want to know what the organization does, not only for its members, but for the activity itself, the community at large and any educational and charitable endeavors it may support. Indeed, these criterion are essential when considering what, where and how your membership dollars are spent. 

The New England Flying disc Association (NEFA) is a non- profit organization dedicated to promoting disc golf and other frisbee related sports throughout the New England, New York and New Jersey areas.   As a member, you will be eligible to earn points in the NEFA Disc Golf Points Series  (see 2014 Points Series Charter HERE) as well as a chance to compete in the annual New England Disc Golf Championships.  Membership with NEFA not only provides you with an opportunity to play disc golf competitively through an established point series system, it also means you will be part of an organization that is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing disc golf and other disc related sports throughout the region.  NEFA is managed by hardworking and dedicated volunteers who all share the same passion as the members.  This passion is revealed in the partnerships and public outreach activities that NEFA has established and fostered since its inception.  NEFA membership dues breakdown as follows: 

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<!--[$20 for renewals in consecutive calendar years

<!--[$40 for a one household membership

<!--[A $5.00 discount is available to members who sign up for 3 years or more (applied to each year beyond the first 2 years)

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Once processed, you will see your membership updated online (including your NEFA member # and expiration date) at http://nefa.com/Membership/Active_Members.asp  We produce the NEFA bag tags in batches, so it may be a month or more before you receive your membership materials.  If you have questions or problems with your membership, use the form http://nefa.com/ContactForm/default.asp and indicate Membership under Reason for Submission. 

**As a NEFA member, you will quickly realize the tangible sense of satisfaction that goes along with supporting the growth of disc sports in our area.  Support that includes the administration of NEFA grants, involvement with the E.D.G.E Program (Educational Disc Golf Experience), the availability of loaner baskets for emerging disc golf courses and participation in outreach events like the New England Special Olympics.**


NE Special Olympics DG demonstration day


NEFA partnering with the Educational Disc Golf Experience



Once again, NEFA is encouraging all of our tournament directors to take part in a fundraiser for the EDGE program (http://www.edgediscgolf.org/). The EDGE program focuses on educating the youth on the sport of disc golf. This is a ground up approach to growing the sport that falls directly in line with NEFA's mission. If you are a TD for an upcoming tournament, NEFA sanctioned or otherwise, and want to learn more about how partnering with EDGE as a fundraiser can help enhance your players' tournament experience, please review the following document: http://www.edgediscgolf.org/files/EDGE_Tournament_Charity_Info.pdf

 

Matthew DeAngelis has been running the EDGE fundraiser at his clubs annual NEFA event, the Borderland Fall Finale, for several years. Matt has this to say: 

 "The EDGE fundraiser just makes sense as a tournament director and someone that wants to see the sport grow. For very little output of effort on my end, I am able to add value to the player experience. EDGE sends along a box of disc golf related merchandise, as well as a generous coupon for Keen products. In turn, I have a volunteer at the event run a CTP contest for players to buy in and win those prizes! The money raised then goes right back to EDGE to fund school initiatives in our state. My players get an extra event to take part in and the money they raised goes towards growing the sport with the youth. It's a win-win!" 

For anyone interested in partnering with EDGE to bring this fundraiser to one of their events, feel free to contact Matt DeAngelis at mattdeangm@gmail.com or reach out to Jay Reading at EDGE, tournaments@edgediscgolf.org.


Vibram Sponsors the NEFA Point Series and NEDGC




The point series and NEDGC will once again be sponsored by our friends at Vibram Disc Golf! This year, we are bringing back the Vibram CTP at every NEFA tournament. Players will now be allowed to use a disc other than Vibram, but that choice will cost extra. Here are the details: 

At every NEFA event, players will be able to compete in a CTP contest for a $25 Vibram online store Gift Certificate and a free tee with their order. Players will be able to purchase throws for $1 if throwing a Vibram disc or $2 for any other manufacturer. The winner will not only receive the gift certificate, but also be entered into a raffle for a brand new Discatcher 28 2014 NEFA Points Basket, Presented by Vibram! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase separately at a later date.  

A huge thank you to Vibram Disc Golf for once again showing their support for our organization, our players, and dedication to growing the sport!




NEFA would not exist without the support of its members and dedicated volunteers.  Support local disc golf and disc related sports.  Join NEFA today and be a part of it!



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Double the Membership, Double the Fun

Published: 1/2/2014 by: mcmanus

 

It's that time of year again when NEFA offers up a 2 for 1 membership deal.  For details on this deal, click HERE  

NEFA is a 501(C)3 Non profit organization dedicated to the support, promotion and sponsorship of disc related sports throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.  

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