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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard’s Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowment fund for the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club.
Founded in 1975, the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club has enjoyed significant success in recent years, including the program’s first Callahan Award winner (college ultimate’s most valuable player) in 2011. The program’s A team has captured the New England Regional Championship in four of the last six seasons and has earned appearances at the College National Championships in seven of the past ten years. The program’s B team earned its first ever bid to Division-I Regionals in 2014 after winning its first New England Regional Championship for the developmental division in 2013. After graduation, alumni of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club have continued to excel in the sport, as many participated in national and world championship events in 2014.
Currently representing over 60 sports, Club teams at Harvard receive a small stipend from both the Undergraduate Council and the Athletics Department but rely heavily on player dues and alumni donations to support their overall operating budget. With the establishment of this new endowment, the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club will be on more solid footing financially and better able to fund their increasingly competitive travel schedule.
“We could not be more excited about this endowment,” said A team co-captain Wynn Tucker ‘15. “The funds from this generous gift will lighten the financial burden for students to play with the team and will allow us to more accurately represent the wide variety of students across Harvard’s campus. We’re thrilled to be able to bring our full coaching staff along with the team to national-level, competitive tournaments, and hope to continue with our annual bid to make and compete at the College National Championships.”
Tucker and his fellow co-captains Jeremy Nixon ‘15 and Mark Vandenberg ‘16 report that the fall season is already off to a great start, with nearly 100 players at their Hat Tournament in early September, and upwards of 50 athletes at early fall practices. As they teach the game to their rookie class and welcome them into the frisbee community, they cannot help but have high hopes for the spring season ahead. Both the A and the B teams are aiming to build on their past successes.
As a student-governed club, co-captains Tucker, Nixon, and Vandenberg will be entrusted with the responsibility of using this fund to strengthen the men’s program. Throughout the fundraising campaign to establish the endowment, the Harvard Men’s Ultimate Frisbee alumni network grew closer and generated excitement about the program and its current direction. Over 150 donors have contributed toward the endowment to date, illustrating both their passion for the game and their support towards Harvard Men’s Ultimate Frisbee. It is currently one of the largest college endowments dedicated to ultimate Frisbee in the nation.