Leadership Perspectives

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When I first came to Carnegie Mellon, all I wanted to do was make friends while playing a fun sport that would keep me in shape. The men’s Ultimate Frisbee team here has done that for me and so much more. If you’ve never seen or played Ultimate yourself, you are missing out on one of the most electrifying sports around today. Guys on our team push their bodies beyond physical limits on a daily basis. In my opinion, we practice and train harder than most other athletic teams here.

Did you know that Carnegie Mellon men’s Ultimate is the only team that competes at a Division I level at this university? It’s true. Over my three-plus years playing for this school, I have competed with teams from the Universities of Pittsburgh and Tennessee, Penn State, Ohio State, and countless others. We travel as far away as Georgia for tournaments from September through April. Our rapidly expanding program holds practices year round that everyone on campus is welcome to attend.

Carnegie Mellon men’s Ultimate, which affectionately goes by the name “Mr. Yuk,” has existed since 1975. Since then, the team has grown substantially, especially in the last decade, during which we have at least doubled in size. We have added a B team to provide ample playing time for students who arrive here still thinking a "hammer" is just something you pound nails with. (Hint: It’s also an overhand throw.)

If you have recently come to know — before this article, that is — that Carnegie Mellon has an Ultimate team, it was probably due to the fact that we tabled outside Doherty and in the UC and screamed for the campus community in general to “like” a jersey design we submitted on Facebook in order to win free jerseys. While I regret to say we did not win, with the help of the campus community and friends of Mr. Yuk Ultimate we did come in second to win a prize of $250 off a jersey order and half off all shorts we want to order. I would like to thank the Carnegie Mellon community for their part and encourage other organizations to follow similar opportunities when they are available.

This is not strictly an advertisement for our organization. While I would love for everyone at this school to join our squad, since I’m sure there are a bunch of sick athletes not currently playing, that’s not feasible. I ask instead that you remember that there are plenty of sports at this and other schools outside of the standard varsity realm that are perfect arenas for simply making friends, staying in shape, and providing you with limitless amounts of fun. Try one; you may like what you find.