Ahmedabad Ultimate: Welcomes New Fellows and Plans National Tournament
Ahmedabad Ultimate (AU), an Indicorps sports initiative (focusing on frisbee) welcomes three new fellows and has already scheduled a national frisbee tournament for December 25. The new fellows are each focused on a different aspect of AU. With a background in sports management, Rahul Brahmbhatt is charged with building institutional relationships. Coming from a background studying education, Raksha Joshi will be focusing on learning through sports, looking at opportunities for encouraging coaches and players to see how they can relate what happens on the field to their communities. With experience in the finance sector, Anoop Agarwal will be charged with assisting with the recruitment and training of coaches.
Dharmesh Mistry, Indicorps staff (04-06), is also back to help lead the initiative. The next year will feature monthly tournaments for youth beginning in October. In addition, coaches will be recruited and trained to lead their own teams throughout the city and a national tournament with over 10 teams from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kodaikanal and Bangalore is scheduled for December.
Last June and July three summer interns, Hannah Page, Jesse Roehm and Aditya Patel hosted two youth tournaments for six teams attracting local press (see below) and raising awareness of the sport in the city.
The “Jhakaas! Ultimate Frisbee Tournament” was a great success. With nearly double the expected participants, over 80 kids showed up to play. With volunteer coaches for each team, the tournament ran smoothly. Each team came up with a creative team name and an original cheer, cheering for the opposing team at the conclusion of each match. After several hours of play, the teams discussed what they learned and voted for the “most spirited team” they faced. The tournament ended with ended with an awards ceremony in which each participant received a certificate of sportsmanship. “Young Guns” won the tournament, going undefeated on the day. Their team received small discs courtesy of Ashish Jasani (a previous intern). “Ultimate Friends” ended up winning the most spirited team award. Each team member choose between an AU t-shirt or an Ultimate DVD.
Using the unique sportsmanship aura that ultimate frisbee promotes Ahmedabad Ultimate is in the process of establishing a youth league for children from all areas of the city irrespective of class, caste or religion and bring them together to forge strong bonds and teach youth teamwork, respect, patience, discipline, health, hygiene and leadership skills.
– Jaidip Patel, Ahmedabad Ultimate; Fellowship Support
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