Roof Brothers Wine and Spirits will be hosting this year’s Throw Pink Paducah! It’s a fundraising event designed to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Find your discs and get down to the disc golf course at Stuart Nelson Park on Saturday, July 8. There will be ice cream, burritos, and fantastic raffle prizes - all this and a terrific disc golf tournament!
The event was started by Virginia Hawthorne who serves as this year’s director. Hawthorne began the Paducah Throw Pink as an effort to get more people to get out and enjoy the sport. She is also greatly inspired by her Aunt. “My Aunt Nancy is a breast cancer survivor”, Hawthorne told me. “She is a role model for me and I felt this was a way I could follow in her footsteps.”
Last year the event raised $6,500 for Lourdes Foundation's Women's Services to support their fight against breast cancer. In the process, it have grown the sport of disc golf for women in our area. This year Throw Pink Paducah has partnered with the Professional Disc Golf Association.
Only 9% of PDGA’s members are women. Throw Pink is an excellent was for the community to learn more about this sport and possibly fill this gender gap. They are having two rounds this year, and hope to draw even more elite players this year from disc golf meccas like Nashville, Bowling Green, and St. Louis.
Hawthorne expects around 80 attendees this year and 25 of those are expected to be women. There will be fun raffles including items such as disc golf bags with a value between $100 and $200, various gift certificates, and a basket. There will be 10 divisions, five male and five female. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each division.
If you have never played disc golf before, Hawthorne recommends that you sign up as a volunteer or just attend as a bystander. As a volunteer, you can observe the tournament and get a good feel for the game without strain of playing. This sign up comes with a player’s pack: a disc, a mini marker disc, and the Boss Burrito lunch. This way, you can learn about the game and prepare to play next year!
To buy tickets, please visit discgolfunited.com. Tickets are $30 for the day, and the money will go to support to fight against breast cancer. Get ready to Throw Pink!
This year, Throw Pink is proud to be partnered with the Professional Disc Golf Association. The PDGA is a member based organization focused on the promotion of the game of disc golf and physical fitness. Their main goals are to promote physical health and strength, professionalism, sportsmanship, and high gaming standards. This year’s Throw Pink will be a PDGA Charity event.
Throw Pink was founded in 2013 as a way to get women outdoors and playing while simultaneously fighting illnesses that target women. The organization focuses on women’s health and specifically ending breast cancer. The organization believes that “recreation is a basic need like food, shelter, water, and love. Play more than recharges our batteries. It re-creates us.” The organization encourages women to get outdoors and support those who have a hard time getting outdoor recreation because of illness.