As part of its outreach program with local public schools, The Children's Course introduces elementary school students to the game of golf using SNAG (Starting New at Golf) equipment and set of simplified rules. Each lesson will teach healthy habits and at least one of The Children's Course's nine core values—courtesy, respect, responsibility, judgment, confidence, sportsmanship, honesty, integrity, and perseverance—which students will learn to apply in everyday situations.
Hybrid Adventure Games (H.A.G.) tests participant’s obstacle course abilities and grit in a fusion of unconventional sports. Deep in the verdant forests of the Pacific Northwest, athletes strain their endurance to score as many points as possible in a competition designed to challenge adventurers’ minds and bodies. An adventure run and an obstacle course are combined with tractor-tire flipping, archery-range shooting, and beer drinking in the three-hour long competition. H.A.G. forms teams, or go-getters can create a team and join the Teams 4 a Cause division where H.A.G. will donate $5 per team member to your favorite charity or cause on behalf of your team. Winners are selected using a unique scoring system that combines strength, grit, and spirit. While exhausted racers snuggle under a warm tree at the scenic Ski Bowl, H.A.G. contenders will be partying with live music and entertainment, a post-race costume competition, and one complimentary thirst-quenching beer for each athlete to help replenish the body's natural stores. Adventurers should arrive with a photo ID at least one hour early to park and pick up their race packets.
Binky blankets help to comfort youth from newborns to 18-year-olds, and they are distributed at locations such as clinics, foster-care agencies, and shelters for victims of domestic violence, as well as to those experiencing homelessness. Though Binky Patrol receives fabric donations from several sources, the organization is in need of rolls of batting to fill its blankets to make them soft and plush.
Mark and Amy Meyers bought their first donkey, Izzy, more than a decade ago. Though they only sought a pet, their close relationship with Izzy inspired them to take up a cause. Soon after buying Izzy, they noticed that other donkeys in the neighborhood were suffering from abuse and neglect. They took immediate action: Amy began adopting the donkeys, and Mark spent his evenings talking to the donkeys and tending to their ailments. After they adopted their 25th donkey, they decided to start their own rescue organization, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.
Peaceful Valley, which currently cares for more than 1,500 donkeys, rescues domestic donkeys that have been abused or neglected and wild burros that have been displaced from their natural habitat. The donkeys are often found injured and wandering in the wilderness or are surrendered by their owners. After being rescued, they live in one of the farm sanctuaries in Texas, Oregon, or other satellite locations. Peaceful Valley has worked with capture programs, private landowners, and numerous government agencies—including the National Park Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife—to ensure that all donkeys have a safe place to live. Toward that aim, Peacefully Valley also holds clinics, trains donkey owners to better care for their animals, and educates the public about the nature and history of donkeys to improve their plight.
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The workplace can be a source of stress for anyone. That's why licensed massage therapist Karl Jensen carts his portable massage chair to his clients’ offices or homes to unwind knotted muscles with 15-minute bursts of massage for groups of 4 to 12 people. When not on the move, he parks his equipment in a private treatment room, where clients relax on a massage table as he paints relaxation across physical canvases with gentle Swedish strokes. He also hunts down extra-stubborn muscles with deep-tissue techniques and integrates a number of styles to create custom massages.
After their daughter, Hayden, was stillborn at 32 weeks of gestation in 2010, Rebekka and Randy Hauskin's hospital bills served as a painful reminder of their loss. As a result, they decided that they wanted to help other families dealing with this type of tragedy, and in memory of their daughter, created the Oregon-based nonprofit Hayden's Helping Hands. The foundation helps Oregonians after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery expenses, so they can focus on healing rather than financial burdens. The amount of financial assistance is determined by the foundation on a case-by-case basis, and all payments are made directly to the medical facility.
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