Washington DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) reached out to American Ultimate Academy (AUA) to help showcase Ultimate at two events this past weekend as the DPR continues to promote non-traditional sports to its residents.
(The first group takes the courts for a lesson in throwing)
On Friday night, approximately 100 young girls ascended on Fort Stanton (Ward 8) to rotate among softball, cheer, basketball and Ultimate.
Several groups of young athletes cycled through AUA’s station. Eager young players learned how to throw backhands, forehands and even hammers outside on a beautiful night.
The event was organized by Tamika Borges of the DPR, who has been putting on Sports Day Kick-Offs for multiple years. This was the first time that Ultimate was included!
(Joseph Richards from the DC Breeze adjusts the backhand grip)
On Saturday the DPR held its annual DPR Day at Randall Recreation Center (Ward 6), where Ultimate competed alongside bubble-soccer and a moonbounce to offer discs and throwing opportunities.
American Ultimate Academy is looking to partner with Spirit of Sport and the DPR to bring together these young athletes for a youth DC Ultimate tournament in the spring. Stay tuned for details!
The DC Breeze and the American Ultimate Disc Leauge donated 75 discs to the players and local recreation centers for the weekend.
(Quick warm up before the games!)