When I was in college I was introduced to Ultimate. Ultimate or Ultimate Frisbee is an amazing game. Being introduced to Ultimate was like meeting a best friend for the first time. I knew this was for me.

When I was but a wee lad I played Frisbee, or should I say flying disc, any time I could. One summer at camp, you could find me on the parade field throwing that disc any chance I got. I also remember spending a week with my cousin playing Frisbee and fishing. It was all I wanted to do. So when Ultimate and I were introduced, I was hooked.

I started playing with classmates in College (Mercer University). It was such a great time. One day a classmate came to me and explained that he had discussed Ultimate with the school and had secured funding so that he could get a team together and they would provide uniforms and entry to compete at the collegiate level. I had played some intramural football, the thought of playing ultimate against other schools was very exciting. So we started having regular practices.

Not long before the first tournament, funding was pulled. Thus ending my inter-collegiate athletic career. I was sad, but could use the extra time for studies. We still played and practiced, but soon studies took me away.

I was a co-op student. This meant that every other quarter I would work instead of study. It was great, but I co-oped in Columbus, GA, and so I moved every quarter. While there one summer I was told about a group that met to play Ultimate. I was there and had a great time.

Fast forward to now, more years than I care to think about. I haven’t played Ultimate since college. As I’m using Shakeology and doing P90X3, I’m feeling energetic enough to consider playing again. Could it be I’m feeling like I felt in college? Exercise does make you younger.

As I look into it there are hundreds of Ultimate players in the Portland area. This should not surprise me. The great thing is that there is a group that meets once or twice a week at lunchtime near my office. Something to consider…

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Joshua Smith

I am the father of six beloved children and a husband to a lovely woman. I am also a follower of Christ, an electrical engineer in the power industry, a cancer fighter and a motorcycle rider

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