My Ultimate Frisbee team, Quiet Coyote, qualified for the World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic this upcoming July! In order to make this trip possible, we will be fundraising until the tournament. In order to help the cause, I will be donating any money that I raise from motivational speaking (read more here) to support Quiet Coyote make this trip possible.
You can learn more at www.qcultimate.com. Thanks for all of your support to help us fulfill this dream! How far can we stretch the Edge of our Box of Possibilities?
For many members of Quiet Coyote, the sport of Ultimate Frisbee has dominated our lives for the past five, ten, even fifteen years; it has sapped our free time, dictated our exercise routines, and drained our finances. But for all of us, Ultimate has provided us with a competitive, athletic outlet for the inner athlete that we all long to be, it has forged friendships that will last a life time, and taken us all over the country to hone our skills and play against the best that we could find. As players in a grass-roots, amateur sport there are no riches to be won, no overwhelming fame to achieve, there is simply pride in how you play the sport and glory within the Ultimate community for your achievements. Of course we all dream of greatness, but in a sport that is only starting to grow greatness is only so great.
Quiet Coyote didn’t consider a birth in the World Ultimate Club Championships to be within our box of possibilities when we began training and shaping our roster in March of 2009. We didn’t consider making a run at finishing in the top 4 of Nationals something we could accomplish when we arrived in Sarasota, Florida as the 14th seeded team in a field of 16 this past October. Even on the eve of the biggest game of our lives, a game that would determine if we qualified for Worlds, many of us just didn’t comprehend the magnitude of what we could do. And all the while we just competed the best we could and grew together and improved together and ended up defying any reasonable expectations for what we could accomplish. We qualified for Worlds. We have the privilege of being one of four mixed teams to represent the United States at the World Ultimate Club Championships in Prague, Czech Republic this July.
All of the games played, all of the money spent, all of the hours working out, all of the time we had to miss with friends and family has been validated with this opportunity to compete at the very highest level of the sport we love.
And now starts the second part of this incredible journey: figuring out how to get there. As you can well imagine, over a week in Europe in the middle of the summer is not a cheap endeavor: we are estimating that between travel, lodging, food and tournament fees that each player will need to spend close to $2,000. For many players, that amount of money is simply not available to them and they are in danger of not being able to compete in an event that they have worked so hard to compete in.
So, here we are, asking you: our friends, our family, our co-workers, our fellow players to help us raise enough money to compete as a team against other players from around the world in what is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us.
Any donation amount is most appreciated. Thank you so much for support.