Competition and Community (NU Women's Ultimate)
We have reached our original goal and are now going for our stretch goal of $4,500 due to all of the support we have received! This will help us obtain even more necessary equipment and will allow us to compete at high levels in future years. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated already and are very excited to keep moving forward!
Who Are We?
Gungho Women’s Ultimate, or Northwestern women’s club ultimate Frisbee team, is a student-run club team that consists of around 40 athletes and, together, diverse levels of experience. We have a competitive “A” team that travels across the country competing in tournaments with the hopes of making it to nationals. There is also a developmental “B” team that helps new players learn the skills and the basics of the game for newer players, while also traveling across the Midwest. Both teams focus on learning new skills and on constant improvement, and teammates participate in practice two to three times a week and up to three tournaments per quarter. Our coaches are all former players who have gotten so much from the ultimate community that they are giving back by helping it grow more.
One of the most important things gained from this community is how to be a strong woman. There is a huge emphasis on not apologizing for mistakes, because women apologize too much as it is, and there is no need to be sorry when everyone is learning and trying to get better. Additionally, having all female coaches allows players to learn from strong female role models.
We are raising money on behalf of the Northwestern Athletic Department in order to compete at the higher level possible. To do this, we have to play in competitive tournaments across the country. These not only improve our skills, but also prove that we are a national-caliber team. In higher level tournaments, there is a requirement that teams wear uniforms. Quality uniforms can end up being quite an expense for each individual – as can proper cleats, which are heavily recommended over regular shoes. A number of people who join the team have never played a team sport before and do not have cleats (or their cleats are very old from high school sports). Having proper equipment allows us to focus more on learning the sport and training harder.
Our goal for this project is to raise $3,000. We are in the process of designing and purchasing our uniforms for the upcoming season. Additionally, we will play in approximately six more tournaments before the end of the season. With your support, we will be able to compete at a national level and continue to grow as a more inclusive and accessible ultimate Frisbee community.