We received something very fun in the mail the other day and it’s been flying through the air in our living room, outside, while my our 6 year old was supposed to be playing soccer and over my head while I’m working, ever since. What is it? A Pocket Disc.
We’ve brought it with us just about everywhere lately and have had someone ask us what it is every time. One person asked if it was a beanie. It’s a frisbee like toy silly. And it will make a great stocking stuffer!
Here’s the story behind the Pocket Disc. It’s too good not to share.
What started as a homework assignment in Savanna Groft’s third grade class is now earning rave reviews for its performance, safety, portability, and versatility. The Pocket Disc is a 100% cotton, brilliantly colorful flying disc – the first true indoor/outdoor disc for all ages.
Tasked with crocheting a round placemat for her handwork studies, Savanna unknowingly created the first Pocket Disc prototype. But, her placemat was not initially recognized for its unique flying abilities. It sat on an end table for over a year and a half until the father of one of her friends stopped by for a visit and casually tossed it across the room at Savanna’s dad.
As the placemat floated across the room, Savanna’s dad, Patrick Groft, and the infamous placemat thrower, Erik Larsen, shared a eureka moment and the Pocket Disc was born. The two soon launched the company they co-own, Phd Productions, and began to explore ways to bring this new toy to the mass market.
Knowing they wanted to do more than just make a toy with their new company, the co-founders began producing the discs through fair trade as a way to give back to the global community. With a veteran importer, Larsen and Groft found groups of Mayan women in Guatemala to produce the Pocket Discs. “The money they make crocheting Pocket Discs and other handmade products enables over 200 Guatemalan weavers to support and send their children to school in a country where 75% of the people now live below the poverty line,” according to Groft. “And, here at home they are also being used as school fundraisers to help support elementary education,” adds Larsen.
With production of the Pocket Disc established, Larsen and Groft got started on marketing the Pocket Disc and creating a variety of games and uses for it. Some include Indoor Disc Golf, William Tell, Pocket Disc Hockey, Ceiling Fan 500 and Skitzlejinx. The rules to these games and many others can be found on the Phd Productions website at www.pocketdisc.com/games.php.
Well, we sure love it and the story behind it as well. Pocket Discs can be purchased on the Phd Productions website and at a variety of retailers nationwide including Dunham’s Sports, many independent Play-It-Again Sports and over 500 specialty toy, gift and outdoor retailers. The Pocket Disc is available in a variety of colors and designs. The Classic Edition retails for $9.99 and the heavier weight Sports Edition retails for $14.99. For more information visit www.pocketdisc.com.