A new recreational opportunity is in the works at Sandy High School, and the Oregon Trail Education Foundation is to thank for it.
In December 2019, the foundation, which provides financial support to the school district to "increase and enrich the educational opportunities and environment for (students)," gave the high school a $1,000 grant to create a disc golf course.
A few students familiar with the sport, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Garet Luebbert and a few others jumped at the chance to bring the option to Sandy, and hope to have baskets in the ground and the course fully operational by the end of the school year.
Right now, the small team of disc golf enthusiasts are still in the planning process, researching equipment and associated costs. They hope to have a three- to five-basket course together to start and leave room to expand later if desired.
Two students, both sophomores, are currently involved in the effort — Jeffrey Cole and Lucy Birks. Birks is actually a sponsored competitor who has won several awards playing disc golf professionally, and is very excited to extend the opportunity to learn the sport to her peers at Sandy High.
She argues it's a fairly accessible pastime, so it should be fairly popular.
"A lot of sports are team-based but disc golf is an individual sport," Birks said. "Plus there's no paying to get in and you don't have to have a certain grade to use the course. It's one more fun activity Sandy High gets to bring."
"I thnk it's a good opportunity because it could be a PE (physical education) activity or even used by the community," Cole added.
At the moment, the closest disc golf course to Sandy is at Timber Park in Estacada, so this could bring the sport to Sandy at large.
Luebbert noted that while disc golf isn't a very mainstream sport, he supports the idea of integrating it at Sandy High because it is still very "mentally and physically challenging."
"We're excited to have the course but we have to make sure the facilities can operate and function as they are with it," Luebbert added. "We want it to be an addition, not a distraction or hindrance."
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