Saturday, January 10 marked the 21st year Cecil McGuire had directed the Annual Disc Golf Tournament in Chickasaw. Ninety athletes competed in the event, sponsored by Chickasaw Kiwanis Club with help from the City of Chickasaw. Proceeds amounted to $2,500, most of which will be added to the $35,000 the tournament has raised for the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital over the past two decades.
McGuire, a 32-year employee with Chickasaw Parks and Recreation Department, not only set up the disc golf course in Chickasaw, but also has volunteered his time to help create a course in Satsuma and one in Creola.
In addition to promoting and directing disc golf, McGuire helps with the Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast the first Monday of each month--he's the bacon cooker, he said. He also works with the City's youth activities such as Pumpkin Carving in October and is a volunteer coach for youth sports teams, about which he says, "If I can teach young people the benefit of teamwork and good sportsmanship, they will pass it on to their children and so on."
With the yearly disc golf tournament being one of McGuire's biggest and most expensive undertakings, he's always looking for nice door prizes to give away on the day of the event. He praised Chickasaw's seniors, who, he said, often give him their "white elephants"--new items they've won or received as gifts but that they simply can't use, but which may be very useful to someone else.