PRODIGY LAUNCHES MILITARY “BATTALION” BASED TEAM
Article by Idris Garcia
Prodigy is proud to introduce the Battalion Team, created specifically for active duty, reserve and retired military members to help push the sport forward in military communities.
The team will be captained by Army 1SG Eric Basile, who approached Will Schusterick with the idea for a military based team. That idea quickly developed into a full-blown concept.
“It went from 0 to 100 really quick,” Basile said. “I was expecting a six month to a year process, and it turned around in a month in a half. I talked to Will because you see disc golf growing everywhere, but you go on military bases and nobody even knows what it is. The military hasn’t been one of the crowds specifically targeted.”
“He was on the same page. It was about growing the sport, reaching out to military people and giving them a chance to be a part of disc golf and growing the sport.”
From there, Basile enlisted the help of Tournament Team member Sam Castiglione to define the structure, and Schusterick’s wife, Tricia, kept the ball rolling.
The team’s focus will be on putting courses on military installations and encouraging Battalion Team members to run clinics on their bases and in their communities. Basile himself is assisting in getting a course approved at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and is planning a clinic at the Niagara Falls Reserve Base in New York, where he is a member of the West New York Disc Golf Club.
“Most of the military is pretty enclosed, and if it’s not on their base, they don’t hear about it,” Basile said. “A military base is like its own city—it’s huge—so we are targeting people that don’t know about the sport in the military and with that, you’re also getting their families.”
There will be an application process and Basile hopes to have personal contact with each applicant to see if they are a good fit. The application will be posted in various places, included a Facebook page he created called Military Disc Golfers.
“I want to talk to them and see how much they want to grow the sport and pull people into the sport,” Basile said. “I don’t want people that just want to be sponsored, get some discs and that’s it. I want people that are going to be out in the community and put in the work.”
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