FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2021

JONESBORO, ARK:  Officials from the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open – Presented by Prodigy have announced a new Charity partner.  The 2021 Jonesboro Open will now be designated as a local fund raiser event for the St Jude S’travaganza organization based in Jonesboro and proceeds from the tournament will go to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital headquartered in Memphis.

This is the fifth year for the Disc Golf Pro Tour event to be held in Jonesboro and the number of professional and amateur players is expected to exceed 370 for the three-day competition.  The participants combined with their traveling family members, Disc Golf Pro Tour staff, national media teams and volunteers will bring an estimated 500 people to town just to play and run the event.  Officials are hopeful spectators will be allowed this year to increase that number considerably.

“The goal all along with Disc Side of Heaven and the Jonesboro Open was to create a disc golf course that brought the best players in the world to the area, create an event that is an economic impact to the city, and to raise money for a local or regional charity.” said Brad Pietz, Tournament Director.  “I would say in 2021 we have hit a grand slam with this new partnership.  Nearly ten years ago when I had this crazy dream a handful of people in town saw the vision with me.  One of them was my good buddy Cameron Campbell.  Without him, we would not be here today making this announcement.”

Cameron Campbell is the owner of Play It Again Sports in Jonesboro.  He had this to say regarding the new partnership, “This is something that I wanted to be involved with from the very beginning and when we bought the store it made sense to jump on board.  St Jude has a special place in my heart and when Brad asked, it was immediately in my top three.  After we talked some more about it I knew exactly who we needed to call.  I am excited the give back part of the tournament is about to become huge with this announcement.”

Fred and Susan Cathcart of Jonesboro started the St Jude S’travaganza 26 years ago.  In that time they have raised over $5.8 million dollars for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  “We feel this tournament is a way for us to continue to give back to St Jude.” Susan stated.  “It is a way for our volunteers to continue to give back, it is a way for our donors to continue to give back and we are very excited to have an event to put our efforts toward.”

Fred Cathcart added, “The first year we did the party we raised about $14,000 and we thought we set the world on fire.  It increased every year after that and it is part of our lives now to do whatever we can.  We have a huge following in Jonesboro and even around the country that have bought in to our goal to raise money for St Jude.”

It takes approximately $2 million a day to run St Jude and that money comes from donations and events around the world.  The Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open – Presented by Prodigy is now one of those events to help with St Jude’s goal of providing world class care without the families ever receiving a bill.

The Jonesboro Open will be played at Disc Side of Heaven and Craighead Forest Park on April 16-18, but the Tyler Garnett – State Farm St Jude Scramble will take place on Monday, April 12.  All proceeds from the 4-person disc golf scramble will go directly to St Jude as well as other proceeds from the entire week of activities.

For more information go to JonesboroOpen.com or to find out how you can get involved either by sponsorships or volunteering, email discsideofheaven@gmail.com

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Brad Pietz

Tournament Director

discsideofheaven@gmail.com

Susan Cathcart

St Jude S’travaganza

susan@valleyviewagri.com