CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 8, 2000
UI group organizes golf tournament to raise funds for at-risk youth, disabled
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In honor of the 25th anniversary of Wild Bill's Coffee
Shop, a foundation that offers support in running the shop is sponsoring a
series of golf tournaments this summer to raise money for people with disabilities
and at-risk youth. Two professors from the University of Iowa School of Social
Work run the foundation.
The group plans 10 qualifying tournaments throughout the summer. The top
two teams from each qualifier will earn places in a championship series in
the fall. Each tournament will include four divisions -- seniors (over 50),
men, women, and couples. Participants can register individually or in groups
of four. Fees range from $21-$50 depending on the course and the number of
Organizer Stu Zisman said he hopes 50-100 people will play in each tournament.
"It's an opportunity to have fun and enjoy the summer while at the same
time helping people with disabilities lead a meaningful, self-sufficient life,"
This is the first in a series of recreational fundraisers Zisman and his
group, the Extend the Dream Foundation, hope to host as a way of building
an endowment for Wild Bill's Coffee Shop and to support other programs for
people with disabilities and at-risk youth.
Wild Bill's was set up in the UI School of Social Work in 1975 to allow
Bill Sackter, who had been institutionalized for 44 years, to lead a self-sufficient
life. In the beginning, Sackter worked in the school serving coffee and snacks.
This operation later grew into the full snack shop it is today, serving fresh
sandwiches, cookies, bagels and donuts along with coffee, tea, and other beverages.
Wild Bill's Coffee Shop provides work opportunities for Iowa City's disabled
population and educational opportunities for UI students.
Zisman said this summer's golf tournaments will help to provide support
for a program that will create more settings like Wild Bill's where people
with disabilities can use their skills to earn a meaningful living. Together
with the UI Entrepreneurial Training Program, Zisman and Tom Walz, an emeritus
professor of social work, are training people with disabilities to run their
own businesses. Funds from the tournaments will also be used for a program
that purchases tandem recumbent bicycles that allow people with disabilities
to accompany an able bodied person on a bike trip.
For more information, contact Zisman at (319) 358-1116, (319) 335-1273 ext.
1, or email@example.com
THE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
Tuesday, June 13, Brown Deer Golf Club, scramble format, $21/9 holes
Thursday, June 15, Fox Run Golf Club, scramble format, $35/18 holes or
Thursday, June 22, Fairview Golf Course, scramble format, $25/18 holes
or $20/9 holes
Thursday, July 6, Fox Run Golf Club, shamble format, $35/18 holes or $21/9
Monday, July 10, Fairview Golf Course, shamble format, $25/18 holes or
Tuesday, July 11, Brown Deer Golf Club, shamble format, $21/9 holes
Saturday, July 15, Pleasant Valley Golf Course, shamble format, $50/18
Monday, Aug. 21, Fairview Golf Course, best ball format, $25/18 holes
or $20/9 holes
Tuesday, Aug. 22, Brown Deer Golf Club, best ball format, $21/9 holes
Thursday, Aug. 24, Fox Run Golf Club, best ball format, $35/18 holes or