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5th Annual Iowa City Ice Bowl Draws Donations, Athletes

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The annual Ice Bowl brings together disc golfers nationwide, to donate to local food banks. Iowa City held its 5th annual event on Saturday.

"Disc golfers are very hearty; they play year-round. They don't have to stop," said Andy Hamer, owner of Vicious Circle Disc Golf.

That makes disc golf a perfect all-weather fundraising activity, with all proceeds from this event going to the Johnson County Crisis Center and Food Bank.

"They have an entry fee, plus 10 canned goods to bring along, and then we take that over to the food shelter in addition to the money," Hamer told us.

For pro-level disc golfer Ben Callaway, it's a chance to play the sport he loves.

"There's always that competitive side out here, you want to just have a good time," said Callaway.

The group of guys he was playing with are good, but this is a tough course, with trees surrounding many pins.

"This course actually is very challenging for that reason alone," Callaway said. "The trees play a big factor. The course is pretty long when the pins are placed in those positions."

With a thick layer of snow and ice underfoot, there's enough challenge to send chills down the spine of any pro.

"Not falling down is the biggest one, to be completely honest, and just staying warm," Callaway laughed.

18 holes, and hopefully several hundreds of pounds of food later, the cold fingers and feet will all be worth it.

"We've had as much as $1,000 in cash and 400 pounds in food," said Hamer, referring to events in years past.

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