The Joy of Ultimate
The URI men’s and women’s Ultimate Frisbee teams want to win, just like every other athletic team. Players prize sportsmanship, friendship and fun—oh, and don’t tell them it isn’t a sport. In a weekend-long tournament, each player sprints about 10 miles a day.
The inclusiveness of the team comes from the Spirit of the Game, part of the official rulebook, which states: “Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect or the basic joy of play.”
Last year, the men’s team tied with Northeastern University for ninth place out of approximately 30 teams in the region. “This year, the goal is to break the top eight in the region,” said men’s co-captain Alex Jenkins of Portsmouth, R.I.