The Ultimate Start to a New Season CSW Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate Start to a New Season CSW Ultimate Frisbee

Author Wade Poon

 The Charter Ultimate Frisbee team arrayed on the softball field. With dozens of members, ultimate frisbee has become a major club sport at CSW. Photo courtesy of Wade Poon.

The Charter Ultimate Frisbee team arrayed on the softball field. With dozens of members, ultimate frisbee has become a major club sport at CSW. Photo courtesy of Wade Poon.

No amount of snow can delay the Ultimate season from starting. Before I go on with my article, you might wonder, “Hold your horses, Wade. We have a Charter Ultimate team and club?” Yes, we do indeed. With the insurmountable support and interest of Charter, Ultimate has become more than a “thing”; it has become part of the Charter way of life.

 

 The shirt that will be worn by the Charter team at practices and tournaments. Picture by Wade Poon.

The shirt that will be worn by the Charter team at practices and tournaments. Picture by Wade Poon.

I remember so many games from the summer before with my UD Ultimate Pickup group. Running down the field to catch the disc made me feel free; there was no better feeling than hearing the summer wind whisper into my ear and looking back at the residue of shoe-stained mud spraying out behind me. This is the feeling that I wanted to share with my fellow classmates and friends.  Creating a team and a club would not only establish a sport filled with fun, but also bring together old friends and make new ones.

My Ultimate Frisbee group has been through a lot together. From the occasional “hitting the window accidents” starring Eric Jansson during lunch session to Kyle Neuman’s infamous ground bounces, the enjoyment of playing the game with friends never seems to end. Although I’ve only recently got to know my senior players, it feels like I have known them for years.

 

 The Charter Team playing with fiery determination at the O’Hara Halloween Tournament. Picture by Wade Poon.

The Charter Team playing with fiery determination at the O’Hara Halloween Tournament. Picture by Wade Poon.

My team practices after school at Rockford Park every Friday, and I have a few things to say. I’ve never seen a group so determined to be the best, all the while trying to have fun. During tournaments and games, they are a force to be reckoned with, but during practices and lunch sessions, their willingness to collaborate on techniques truly defines what it means to be a team. I am more than honored to be their leader.

 

Let’s not forget about the club. With over a 100 sign-ups at the activity fair, the club pushed Ultimate to a whole new level of club sport. During the activity block every Friday, club members of all skill levels come out to play on the softball field with friends. Although the games are somewhat disorganized due to the small field, the smiles and laughter make it all worth it.

 

 Charter kids from the club toss frisbees during a cloudy day. Picture by Wade Poon.

Charter kids from the club toss frisbees during a cloudy day. Picture by Wade Poon.

In the next few weeks, I will gather interest from other schools, such as Salesianum and Archmere, to establish Ultimate as an official school sport (requires at least 7 high schools). Of course, this is only one of my many goals that will propel the rising sport further. My organization, Delaware Ultimate Youth Organization, will be sponsoring Ultimate events and clinics in the future for kids of all ages and skill to enjoy the sport I love. The future for High School Ultimate in Delaware is shining more brightly than ever.

 One of the clinics that helped school kids to excel in Ultimate. Picture by Wade Poon.

One of the clinics that helped school kids to excel in Ultimate. Picture by Wade Poon.

I want to thank Señor Greenberg, my team, my club, and my friends for making all this possible. At first, I thought introducing Ultimate would be an impossible task, but with the guidance of everyone, my dream of a school community revolving around Ultimate Frisbee seem so close that I can grasp it in the palm of my hand.

 

Interested in joining the team or club?

Contact Wade Poon at poon.wade@charterschool.org

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