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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 holes played.

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," he said.

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 stuzisman@yahoo.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 $21/9 holes

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 holes

Monday, July 10, Fairview Golf Course, shamble format, $25/18 holes or $21/9 holes

Tuesday, July 11, Brown Deer Golf Club, shamble format, $21/9 holes

Saturday, July 15, Pleasant Valley Golf Course, shamble format, $50/18 holes

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 $21/9 holes