Michael Bushnell

Officials with the Kansas City Disc Golf Association presented a check on June 7 for $10,140 to the Bishop Sullivan Center, 6435 Truman Rd., for its food pantry fund. This year’s donation marks 20 years of support between area disc golfers and Bishop Sullivan. Through Ice Bowl tournament entry fees — traditionally held in frigid January temperatures — the Disc Golf Association is able to continue this partnership. 

Michelle Carlstedt, Executive Director of the Bishop Sullivan Center, was thrilled with the additional funding. Bishop Sullivan has provided food, aid and jobs assistance to Kansas City’s less fortunate for over fifty years. 

 “We’re very grateful for the donations over the past 20 years, and this brings that total to over $150,000 over that period,” Carlstedt said. “This will go directly to our food pantry that provides supplemental groceries to over 1,000 families each month between our two locations.”

Lupe Herrada, an officer with the Kansas City Disc Golf Association, said their donation came from registration and contest fees from its annual Ice Bowl disc golf tournaments held throughout the city in January. 

“The Ice Bowl tournaments take place annually on the Sunday prior to the Super Bowl,”  Herrada said. “We have the tournament, a chili cook-off following that, along with games and ways to get the community involved, not just playing disc golf but being a part of the larger community.”

Local disc golf ice bowl tournaments have been held annually for 37 years — originating in 1987. Only Columbia, Mo., can boast a longer ice bowl run at 38 years. Herrada also noted that the Kansas City ice bowls draw competitors from all over the Midwest, due to the quality of the