Fostering Awareness & Active Events Nationwide
Throw Pink is a collection of disc golf events across the country with the purpose of encouraging women and girls to get out and be more physically active.
The program was established to make a difference for women’s health initiatives, specifically breast cancer. First founded in 2013, today we have evolved to running tournaments and disc golf promotions for all aspects of women’s health and encouragement through physical activity.
Meet the Team
Sara Nicholson - Founder
Sara Nicholson is an experienced promoter with a demonstrated history working in community outreach, recruitment, and event planning. She has 20 years working in program development and implementation through Americorps, Parks and Recreation, and disc golf companies, clubs, and organizations.
She received a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and worked as a recreational counselor for children in youth homes and shelters following graduation. She started running disc golf charity events along with women and youth clinics in 2010. In 2013, she combined her two passions (supporting women’s health charities and encouraging more women and girls to play disc golf) and founded Throw Pink.
Hometown: Yorktown, NY
PDGA Number: 1603
Played Since: 1979
How you got into the game: Through friends in college.
Why do you Throw Pink? My mother died of ovarian cancer and my cousin is fighting for her life now from the same thing.
Favorite disc golf moment: Whenever I get to make a charity donation to our local women’s cancer charity group.
Favorite quote: "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Played Since: 2013
How you got into the game: Was introduced to disc golf by my husband that took me on a date night.
Why do you Throw Pink?: I love to throw discs to make a difference. Whether big or small, we have an opportunity to raise awareness of healthy living for women by being active while having fun doing so. Providing the education and outlet for those to not only learn about different types of cancers that so many battle with daily, but also getting to be a part of helping meet the needs of those families through local charities.
Favorite Disc Golf Moment: One of my favorite disc golf moments that started my whole competitive disc golf journey was when my husband surprised me and brought me to Worlds for my birthday in 2017 following the FPO lead card. This is where I met Lisa Fajkus and she encouraged me to compete in US Womens in Johnson City. This is where my disc golf career started.
Favorite Quote: "Hakuna Matata"
Hometown: Dallas, GA
PDGA Number: 62970
Played Since: 2007
How you got into the game: Paul 'Batman' Childs introduced while in college and I fell in love and ran away with disc golf, teaching many friends throughout the years.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink to raise awareness of many of today's biggest enemies, sicknesses, and organizations that help those overcome their weakest times. It shows that there is someone that cares and we stand not beside them, but with them.
Favorite disc golf moment: The moment my wife got her first and second ace, the smile on her face. At that moment, I had a disc golf partner for life.
Favorite quote: "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funnybone." -Reba McEntire
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
PDGA Number: 43896
Played Since: 1995
How you got into the game: Bob taught me while we were dating at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Why do you Throw Pink? It’s one of the most powerful nonprofits I’ve ever known.
Favorite disc golf moment: Winning my first major PDGA tournament (USWDGC 2010 - Intermediate women).
Favorite quote: Carpe Diem!
Hometown (for now): Las Vegas
PDGA Number: 50541
Played Since: 2004
How you got into the game: I first picked up the sport in 2003 while living in Orlando, Florida recreationally with a few of my friends. After returning home to Las Vegas, I met my DG mentor and good friend Jeff Jacquart. I was dragooned into service by Jeff at the 2011 Gentleman’s Club Challenge, now known as the LVC and quite possibly the greatest tournament in the sport.
In the time since, I have served our local club in such roles as Board of Directors, recording secretary, treasurer, and President of the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink to help women who are suffering from breast cancer.
I was first made aware of Throw Pink as a staff member for the Las Vegas Challenge. The partnership between Throw Pink and the LVC has always been a labor of love for me. In 2015, my wife Lyra Lynn Hynie was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer that would later develop into stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Lyra’s battle ended May 20th, 2018 with her passing. She loved the work that Throw Pink was doing and I continue that fight for her.
Favorite Disc Golf Moment: Every year we seem to find a way to improve the Las Vegas Challenge. My favorite moments are those shared with all the return competitors.
Favorite quote: “These days are few, so open your arms and hearts” - Lyra Lynn Hynie
Hometown: Mt. Juliet, TN
PDGA Number: 41012
Played Since: 2008
How you got into the game: A college professor invited me to play thinking I would be decent at disc golf since I was a competitive ultimate player. He was wrong, but I was hooked and eventually transitioned from ultimate to disc golf.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I am passionate about the mission of promoting physical activity among women and girls and raising awareness for cancer. I lost my mom to cancer in 1998 and am grateful that I can use my love of disc golf to make a difference.
Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was when I made the final four at the Amateur World Championships in 2014. I was five strokes back from Vanessa Van Dyken, so it was going to be really difficult to catch her. I had enough strokes on third place that I could just have fun and play my game. I remember having a huge smile on my face during the entire experience because I was so ecstatic to have made it that far.
Favorite quote: "If you don't like where you are, move. You are not a tree." (unknown)
Hometown: Corbin, Kentucky
PDGA Number: 87251
Played Since: 2016
How you got into the game: At first, it was a therapeutic outlet for mental health. However, it quickly became a daily routine where I could give back to a community that welcomed me with open arms.
Why do you Throw Pink? I can cut a very long story short, by explaining I suffer from a kitchen sink of mental health issues. Bipolar depression being the root cause of much of my passion for causes. Without a handful of medication in the morning and in the evening, I would without a doubt not be here today. I have a love/hate relationship with my health, but with my doctor’s suggestion, I found disc golf when told to look outdoors. Never did I ever imagine it would save me the way that it did, and I have a very personal story. I am supportive of all women's initiatives and a huge mental health advocate. This came about after finding a mass in my left breast in 2010. Not only did it ignite an ember, which at the time I did not know would eventually burn me to the ground like a wildfire, it set me on my path now with fighting mental health stigmas. I would go to doctor after doctor, eventually being sent to UNC’s Breast Center yearly for mammograms with a side of anxiety and panic attacks. Now I’ve turned 40 and the anxiety is back because it’s time for the yearly mammograms. I watched my aunt fight breast cancer twice, recently a co-worker, and so many others over the years. Some aren’t with me anymore. Throw Pink is my way of healing myself while helping others.
Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite moment was getting the opportunity to play in my first major, 2018 Amateur World Championships in Charlotte, NC. It allowed me the opportunity to meet other players from across the country that shared the same passion for the sport as I did; friendships that I keep to this day.
Favorite quote: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
PDGA Number: 83071
Played Since: 2014
How you got into the game: Two good friends of mine, Katie and Ryan, introduced me to this amazing sport.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I love the mission and what we represent. It has become my passion to grow the sport and encourage women to get outside, have fun, and become more physically active.
Favorite disc golf moment: Any and every moment I am on the course, playing with all the ladies I've developed such great relationships with over the years, competitively or casually.
Favorite quote: "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty" Winston Churchill
Hometown: Windsor, CO
PDGA Number: 63249
Played Since: 2014
How you got into the game: My husband took me disc golfing on our second date. I grip locked and he ducked just before I almost hit him. I realized at that moment that I needed to learn this game! Later, I met the most amazing women and they were my skill level and then I was hooked.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because it means so much more than just the game. It’s special people that give back, it changes lives, it’s awareness, it’s positive fun, it’s a friendship builder, it’s encouraging, and it makes a difference!!
Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was not by playing but by running my first Throw Pink sanctioned tournament a women’s only event. I made sure no one went home empty handed!
Favorite quote: ”When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad... I’m better!” Mae West
Hometown: Shelton Washington
PDGA Number: 82950
Played Since: 2015
How you got into the game: Driving by a course sparked my curiosity, brought the family once and never looked away again.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because it encompasses perseverance in the face of adversity.
Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moments are found in the times spent with my fellow lady golfers when we're traveling to and from tournaments. I cannot pin point one moment because they are all magical in their own right. These are the times where we take our competition hats off and share our vulnerabilities and weaknesses - those which make us shine our brightest. I am lucky to be surrounded by so many courageous and warm-hearted women in this sport. Thank you for all the moments!
Favorite quote: "Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself."
Hometown: Livonia New York
PDGA Number: 88679
Played Since: 2016
How you got into the game: After the death of my father, who I was taking care of 24/7, I needed something to fill my time and help with my grief. My husband had been a pro disc golfer for over 20 years and had been encouraging me to try, so I did. I now play over 30 tournaments a year.
Why do you Throw Pink? I believe in Throw Pinks mission statement. I co-coordinate a women’s league in Rochester and I am always encouraging other women and girls to come out and try disc golf. We have grown the league from 6 to over 20 in two years. Another big reason is that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and eventually had a double mastectomy. I run a tournament in October called Share the Love to raise money for the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Center in Rochester. And I love Innova discs!
Favorite disc golf moment: This year I got my first ace with a forehand on a 265-foot hole where I couldn’t see the basket from the tee.
Favorite quote: “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter.
Hometown: Alma, MI
PDGA Number: 86782
Played Since: 2012
How you got into the game: Two of my friends picked up disc golf at college, and while they were home they introduced me to it. I was instantly hooked!
Why do you Throw Pink? I have a wife and daughter who love to be outside and chuck plastic. I want them to have all the same rights and avenues I have in this great game. I want my daughter to grow up in a world with endless opportunities in the disc golf world!
Favorite disc golf moment: I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but it’s for sure my earliest memory. One of the first times I was out playing, still learning to throw and learning the rules, I threw my DX Wolf into the basket from about 200’ out. I think that was the moment that the fire started in me. Watching that disc track all the way and then smash chains was a feeling I had never had before.
Favorite quote: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” -Michael Scott
Hometown: Perry, FL
PDGA Number: 94332
Played Since: 2017
How you got into the game: I was introduced to DG through a friend visiting us on vacation.
Why do you Throw Pink? I Throw Pink because I believe in making a difference in women’s health. So many ladies all over need encouragement and support. I'm grateful to be able to join in and be apart of a team that helps ladies become active, getting outside, learning the sport of DG while making a difference for all women’s health initiatives.
Favorite disc golf moment: Favorite moments in DG are bringing new friends out for a round and seeing how quickly they realize how much fun DG is and that it can become a lifelong, family outing. It’s also great when you have some of those friends that want to dive into the competitive tournament side of DG.
Favorite quote: “Nothing changes, if nothing changes.”
Hometown: Round Rock, Texas
PDGA Number: 32654
Played Since: 2005
How you got into the game: I picked it up though a friend of a friend.
Why do you Throw Pink? Throw Pink stands for the right things! We want to raise awareness and funds to beat breast cancer. Throw Pink is an awesome community of spirited individuals that want to see positive change in their local community.
Favorite disc golf moment: Winning Pro Worlds Mixed Doubles with Matt Bell in 2018 at Smugglers Notch.
Favorite quote: "If you think you can’t, you’re right."
Hometown: Austin, Texas
PDGA Number: 84208
Played Since: 2015
How you got into the game: I always played sports. After high school, I played co-ed softball. I would walk the disc golf course with my boyfriend until one day I said "I want to give a try" and the rest is history.
Why do you Throw Pink? I love what we're doing. I love that we are doing something we love but also helping our local communities. There is no better feeling that being able to give back in someway, and for me, this is the best way to do it.
Favorite disc golf moment: Winning the 2017 U.S Women’s Disc Golf Championships - Intermediate Division.
Favorite quote: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney
Hometown: Boring Oregon,
PDGA Number: 70025
Played Since: 2015
How you got into the game: I got in the game by my dads friend Nick. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we started getting the hang of it. Scott Hill taught my dad how to really play and suggested we play in a tournament. I played the 2015 Chick Flick and I got 2nd place. I knew then I was going to go places with disc golf.
Why do you Throw Pink? I throw pink because their my family. I have grown so much because of this team. After meeting Sara, I wanted to be on Throw Pink. Pink is also my favorite color, so I didn’t see any problem throwing it!
Favorite disc golf moment: My favorite disc golf moment was when I was at my first tournament ever. I finished my round and was going to lunch when a competitor's mother came by and asked for my autograph. I said yes but didn’t know why because I wasn’t famous or super good at the sport. She said she saw potential and knew I was going to go far.
Favorite quote: “Being good is motivation, being great is obsession.”
Hometown: Wichita, KS
PDGA Number: 26616
Played Since: 2000
How you got into the game: My cousins invited me to “throw some frisbees at a park” & I was hooked!
Why do you Throw Pink? I love recruiting new ladies to play disc golf with! It's fun and rewarding to run events for a good cause, representing Throw Pink and spreading disc golf fun to everyone.
Favorite disc golf moment: I hosted a ring of fire for the ladies at Am Worlds in Emporia in 2013; I had a little 5-year-old helper named Haliegh and we had the best time giving away prizes and watching all the ladies putt!
Favorite quote: “All you need is love!”
Board Of Directors
Amy S. DiBartola has been a Human Resources Professional for over 20 years. She holds senior-level certifications from both the Society of HR Managers and the HR Certification Institute. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism, a Master’s degree in HR, and has completed Brown University's Leadership and Performance coaching program. During work hours, Amy can be found directing the development and implementation of leadership and job training programs for over 3,000 seasonal employees in Yellowstone National Park. In her off time, Amy is an equal partner in Cairn Consulting, LLC. and an avid adventure traveler with a love for doing all things outdoors in the company of her two adopted shelter mutts, Alma and Rostov.
Christine Barker lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and their two adorable kittens. She works on payment card systems for the JM Smith Corp and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wofford College, as well as a Master's degree in Computer Science from Florida State University. Christine started playing disc golf in 2008 and became a PDGA member that same year. Between 2011 and 2018, she has held various executive positions including president within the Upstate Disc Golf Club. Her involvement with Throw Pink events started in 2014. Over her disc golf years, she has helped orchestrate hundreds of tournaments, clinics, and leagues. Outside of work and disc golf, she enjoys helping her community through work with Let There Be Mom, Special Olympics, Mobile Meals, and DSS Christmas Wish Lists. She also loves travelling to new places with her husband.
JoAnna L. Floyd
JoAnna L. Floyd, J.D. is the Director of the Office of Industry Contracts at Clemson University. Her office is responsible for supporting Clemson researchers in their pursuit of research funding from private industry and managing and negotiating sponsored research contracts and other related agreements with companies. JoAnna was appointed to this position in July 2013 when the office was created by the Vice President for Research. JoAnna was responsible for establishing the office and creating and implementing new policies and procedures for managing Clemson’s industry contracts.
JoAnna previously served as Assistant Director of Licensing and Contracts with the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) from 2008 to 2013. Prior to her employment with CURF, JoAnna was the Interim Director of the Intellectual Property Office at the University of South Carolina.
JoAnna holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
JoAnna lives in Greenville, S.C. and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, watching college football, reading anything other than contracts, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Leigh Tanner is a dentist living in Asheville, NC with her wife, shaggy rescue dog, and 2 cats. In her free time, she enjoys getting outside by foot or on 2-wheels. Her most recent creative endeavor was fulfilling a life long dream of learning to play the double bass. She has a B.S. in Botany from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Nikki Tabron serves as the Vice President of Education for the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in the Boston Harbor. She oversees all education programming, with a focus on increasing the number of public schools that partner with the Island for multi-year sequence STEM and Social Emotional Development programming. Dedicated to public service, Ms. Tabron has over 20 years of experience working with and meeting the needs of a diverse range of young people and educators.
Prior to joining Thompson Island, Nikki served as the Senior Impact Director for City Year Boston. During her tenure at City Year, Nikki cultivated school, community and corporate partnerships in many capacities including once being an AmeriCorps member herself.
Nikki grew up in Durham, NC and attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Ms. Tabron received her graduate degree at the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at UMASS Boston. She currently resides in Boston, MA with her partner and dog, Mojo.
A lifelong athlete, Nikki loves to get outside and get active. She believes strongly in supporting opportunities that engage women and children in the outdoors. In addition to her work with Outward Bound, she serves on the boards of Strong Women Strong Girls of Boston, Orchard Gardens K-8 School and Boston Green Academy. She’s excited to be a member of the Throw Pink Team.
Get Out, Get Active, Change the Story
Throw Pink is a non-profit with the mission of encouraging women and girls to get out and be more physically active while supporting the fight to end breast cancer.
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