WACO (August 25, 2013) -- Whether by air, on foot or by water, the best disc golf players in Texas aren't going to miss this
Channon Quillen, has played in a handful of Waco Annual Charity Open tournaments since the first one 17 years ago.
But, nowadays, his job as tournament director means he has to sit and watch.
"This was one of my favorite events to play…one of the biggest parts is I don't get to play it now," Quillen said.
Even though he's no longer competing, this event means more than ever
Money from the Waco Open is donated to the Baylor Autism Resource Center, a charity very close to Quillen's heart.
"I have a son with autism. He attended some classes out there and worked with them. So, it was just kind of natural for me to choose them as a charity," Quillen said.
The Baylor Autism Resource Center works to improve social skills in children with autism and educates families looking for answers.
"A lot of these parents don't' know what's going on so they look for local places to work through the challenges," Quillen said.
Quillen's seven-year-old son is unable to speak, but through home therapy and the help of the Baylor Autism Resource Center, he's shown that you don't need words to make an incredible impact.
"That boy has taught me more about life than I've ever learned," Quillen said. "It's helped me to understand…to be a little more gentler or kinder to people and accept them for who they are."
And who these guys are, is more than just disc golfers.
"The thing I've noticed about disc golfers is they're very giving. They're a good bunch of folks," Quillen said.
"There is little that we can do to make our sport different than other sports, other than we try to take a more community based interest," said player Frank Snyder. "It would be good if all these events were for that."
Quillen hopes to donate nearly one thousand dollars from this weekend's tournament and spread the word about autism.
"The biggest thing for me was to raise autism awareness and benefit the resource center," he said.