Daniel Wood, a former Wilkes County resident, is the 2021 winner of the national EDGE/PDGA Educational Award, the Professional Disc Golf Association announced Thursday.

Wood is a 2006 graduate of West Wilkes High School and earned a degree in physical education at Appalachian State University in 2011. He resides in Warner Robins, Ga., with his wife Caroline and son Harrison.

“This is the highest honor I’ve received in disc golf so far,” said Wood. “To be recognized as the disc golf educator of the year for the whole country is the cornerstone of why I have a passion for the sport.”

Wood noted there were many people to thank, but he singled out professional disc golfers Jay and Des Reading for the opportunity to get involved with the initiative they founded, Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE).

“The biggest thanks goes to my wife, Caroline Elizabeth Wood, for being understanding of all the time I invest in the sport,” added Wood, who is sponsored by Wicked Aces Disc Golf, Throw Pink and Disc Golf America.

Daniel Wood is a coach and educator at Kings Chapel Elementary School in Perry, Ga.

Wood has played recreational disc golf off and on since 2008. In 2018 he was invited to participate in EDGE after meeting the Readings at the Society of Health and Physical Education Convention and Expo in Nashville, Tenn.

Kings Chapel soon was awarded an EDGE grant with assistance from the PDGA. Through the program, Wood teaches a three-week disc golf unit each year at his school.

Wood is an active disc golf ambassador through Eagles Wings Disc Golf, Throw Pink and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He recently picked up his first PDGA-sanctioned win, is a member of multiple area disc golf clubs, directs local tournaments and runs introductory sessions for community groups.

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of disc golf education. The EDGE board determines candidates and awardees in partnership with the PDGA.

EDGE is a nationally recognized 501©(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching and teaching youth the great lifetime activity of disc golf, utilizing age appropriate equipment and a standards-based curriculum. More information is at www.edge discgolf.org.

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