The term RADD Tour was coined in 2007 and applied to past and future Outreach Teaching Programs. The word RADD is an acronym for "Regional Athletic Disc Development" and speaks to the 5 W's of ODSA's programming geared to youth, a grass roots introduction and teaching initiative. By using grant and funding opportunities ODSA plans and executes hands on skills development through introduction to either Disc Golf or Ultimate fundamentals targeting various age groups within the educational community or through other types of institutional recreation programming, i.e. residential and day camps.
ODSA started teaching grade 7 & 8's in 2007 through a grant received by the Ministry of Health Promotion and their SDI - Sport Development Initiative. This program reached 56 schools and taught over 4,200 students. In 2008 the program was expanded to also included grades 9 & 10 in addition to grades 7 & 8 and we reached over 175 schools and well over 16,000 students through funding provided through the Ministry again and their SPF - Sport Priority Funding. In 2009 ODSA extended it's reach into summer camps and aboriginal communities with funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This program was shared by more than 100 camps and communities reaching 9600+ participants.
With all these visits, facilities received programming materials and apparatus to carry forward programming after we've left and all the participants enjoyed hands on instruction and play. The growth of the sport and leagues should be measurable for years to come.
Here are just a few samples of emails and cards we've received
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 12:51 PM
I just wanted to let you know that Jay had a GREAT TIME this past week out at Centennial Park. As a teacher myself I do admire great teaching. "Your" instructors were superb. In fact I learned some things from them, independent of Frisbee, that I think I can use in my classroom this coming year. I have attached a couple of compressed pics that I took on the last day. Please forward them to these great guys.
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 7:26 PM
Subject: MAny thanks from Camp Muskoka
I am just emailing you to thank you again for the inspiration you gave our camp and campers last Tuesday. We are beginning to run disc golf as a regular activity and making good use of the equipment you kindly left us. The program itself is becoming very popular and currently we are in the process of forming a more permanent course based on what we learned from you.
Looking forward to seeing you again,
Many thanks from Camp Muskoka
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 11:26 AM
Subject: RE: Camp Tamakwa Ultimate Visit
Just wanted to say thanks again for your visit. Our group of older boys played a marathon session of ulti at the ballfield last night with the camp directors involved as well. We’re hooked!
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:26 PM
Subject: disc golf
I hope this finds you well. I wanted to follow up from your successful visit this past summer. Your sessions were a big hit and we continued to use the discs and goal you generously left for us. I am interested in finding out information for creating our own 9-hole course for this summer. Eventually we’d love help with the course lay-out – right now I’m interested in learning how I go about finding out about the costs as we prepare our 2010 programming budget.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Camp Ramah in Canada