In rain or sunshine, cold or warmth, fall or spring, one thing remains on the campus of Andrews University and that’s Ultimate Frisbee! This event takes place every Sunday and Friday on the Athletic Field, when people from the community and campus meet for a game of fun intensity. This event, coordinated formally for over a year now, is an outdoor sport that attracts those who enjoy playing outside and trying new things. Even psychology professor Dr. Bailey joins in on the fun.
Playing Frisbee is most likely remembered in most minds as a childhood essential or something to do to prevent boredom. Not often known is that the sport of Ultimate Frisbee is actually one in which professional teams convene and compete even on an international level. Point is, there is more to the activity than just tossing a disk. The official Ultimate Frisbee gets one moving like a soccer player and passing like a football player. Each player learns how to make quick decisions on his or her feet and builds strategic skills while doing so. Also, joining in on the fun is definitely a great way to do necessary aerobic exercise and increase sportsmanship—certain things you most likely do not get in the classroom.
The Ultimate Frisbee event on campus does not consist of an official team, but rather combines eager and willing hearts to do something they thoroughly enjoy and provide other players with a new experience. Julia Leacock, senior Biology major and a veteran of this sports activity, started participating in the event without knowing how to play. She says, “I didn’t really know anyone there but everyone seemed rather friendly and happy that someone else was into the game and ready to play.” Leacock became a regular attendee of Ultimate Frisbee and shared that she not only received outdoor exercise but also learned team building and how to push herself. With confidence, she states that playing Ultimate Frisbee “will take your enjoyment to a whole new level.” Leacock encourages others to play as well. Whether you’re a pro or have only touched a Frisbee once, the game is simple to learn as most of the rules are similar to those in basketball and other common sports. As Leacock mentioned, everyone is of positive spirits, welcoming anyone who joins and willing to help anyone new.
Connor Reed, a senior International Agriculture major and the event coordinator, is seeking to make this group an official club. He is looking for individuals who are willing to lead and are not graduating this year. While having an official team is not currently in the picture, having an organized group would be helpful in contributing to the campus of Andrews University as being the healthiest in the nation. Reed is also inviting anyone to join. More information can be found on the Facebook page “Andrews University Ultimate.” This perennial event is worth the experience as new friends and experience can be made!