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The Austin Ultimate community is coming together to help Texas recover from COVID-19

The Austin Ultimate community is coming together to help Texas recover from COVID-19

UPLA Ultimate Players League of Austin Texas Ultimate Frisbee Community Quaranteam Fundraiser

Five Ultimate is teaming up with Aria Discs to help raise funds for local Ultimate non-profits like the Ultimate Players League of Austin (UPLA). These organizations have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, being forced to cancel all their spring programs and events, and potentially their summer ones as well. These events are not only important to their local Ultimate communities but are critical for raising necessary funds that allow them to operate. 

During these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for us to come together as a community and make sure we all come out the other side of this stronger than before. Five Ultimate’s Quaranteam partnerships and limited-edition line of products are our way of giving back to these amazing organizations that do so much for their communities. Austin Ultimate is taking this partnership even further by donating funds raised through the Quaranteam to organizations in Central Texas that are helping with COVID-19 relief for under-served communities, particularly their Black and Latinx neighbors. UPLA will be donating all of the proceeds and matching up to $1500 to All Together ATX, a partnership of the United Way for Greater Austin and Austin Community Foundation helping those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

We spoke with Stacey Nava, the Executive Secretary of the Board for UPLA, to learn more about how the global pandemic has affected their organization and community, and how they’re weathering the storm. Read on below to learn more about the wonderful work they do and how joining the Austin Ultimate Quaranteam can help.


Savage: How has the COVID-19 pandemic been affecting you and your organization? What programs and events have been affected? How does this affect your overall mission and the work you do for the Ultimate community?

Stacey Nava: The pandemic has effectively shut our organization down. We have not been able to provide any programming, so we have not been able to adhere to our mission (to serve the greater Austin Ultimate community by organizing, promoting and developing the sport and spirit of Ultimate for all ages and levels of competition).


Other than not being able to get on the field and play, what’s been the biggest challenge during this?

SN: Our biggest challenge has been that the state government has opened Texas but the disease has not slowed down. This has created a lot of mixed feelings and uncertainty regarding our programs that we so badly want to host, but only under safe circumstances. 


How are you getting through this difficult time?

SN: Self-care is essentially the most we can do for ourselves and our mental health.


What’s the vibe in your city/community like?  

SN: Torn — many community members want to return to play, but we need to have a larger/more long-term view of the pandemic before we can safely host our programs. We all miss being out at Zilker playing pick-up or scrimmaging with our teams. 

Ultimate Players League Austin Texas Ultimate Frisbee Community Fundraiser

What are you looking forward to right now?

SN: Returning to play! But only when it is safe to do so. 


How are you hoping to use the funds raised through the Quaranteam fundraiser?

SN: Austin Ultimate will be donating all of the proceeds and matching up to $1500 to All Together ATX, a partnership with United Way for Greater Austin and Austin Community Foundation helping those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 


What does being a part of a Quaranteam mean to you?

SN: That we are all in this together and we need to focus on the long game — doing our part to stay distant now so that we can play Ultimate together again when it is safe to do so.


What else can folks do during this time to support the Ultimate community?

SN: Hang in there, keep practicing good healthy habits, stay on top of the news, and do your part for our local elections, take the census, get educated, etc.


If you’d like to join the Austin Ultimatte Quaranteam and help support the Central Texas community, you can order your official gear in the Austin Ultimate (UPLA) Quaranteam shop. Hurry — the store closes June 28. If you’re involved with a local Ultimate non-profit organization and want to find out more about partnering with us for your own Quaranteam fundraiser, you can email kyle@fiveultimate.com.


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DiscNY Stepping Up to Support the Ultimate Community and Beyond in NYC

DiscNY Stepping Up to Support the Ultimate Community and Beyond in NYC

DiscNY COVID-19 NYC Ultimate Frisbee Community Quaranteam Fundraiser

Five Ultimate is teaming up with Aria Discs to help raise funds for local Ultimate non-profits like DiscNY. These organizations have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, being forced to cancel all their spring programs and events, and potentially their summer ones as well. These events are not only important to their local Ultimate communities but are critical for raising necessary funds that allow them to operate. 

During these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for us to come together as a community and make sure we all come out the other side of this stronger than before. Five Ultimate’s Quaranteam partnerships and limited-edition line of products are our way of giving back to these amazing organizations that do so much for their communities. 

We spoke with DiscNY Board Member, Mickey Pearl, to learn more about how the global pandemic has affected their organization and community. Read on below to learn more about the wonderful work they do and how joining the DiscNY Quaranteam can help.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic been affecting you and your organization? 

Mickey Pearl: New York City has been one of the epicenters of the current pandemic in the U.S. With the region shut down, our operations have also come to a grinding halt. We suspended all of our programs in early March, and have since canceled all spring activities including our high school and middle school leagues. Our summer plans remain uncertain — it's unlikely we will run any programs before July, which means our YCC squads and adult club season are in question. 

Spring is our busiest season, so canceling all of these leagues, programs, and events directly impacts DiscNY's financial standing. Beyond the financial hardships and the sadness of missing playing Ultimate and spending time with friends, we are concerned about the impact the pandemic will have on New York City in general. Entire industries are decimated; folks are struggling to pay for essentials. 

The effect runs much deeper than having to cancel our own programs.

What are you looking forward to right now? 

MP: We hope that our community members and New Yorkers, in general, will learn how to spend time outdoors in a safe and respectful manner. Now that the weather is improving, it is inevitable that people will want to spend more time outdoors. But the realities of New York can make that challenging; not everyone will be able to enjoy being outdoors in the same way. We are looking forward to tossing a disc with some friends, spending time in the sun, and doing that in a way that keeps the safety of others in mind.

How are you hoping to use the funds raised through the Quaranteam fundraiser?

MP: We are not only concerned about DiscNY but about our much larger community — the greater NYC area. With many New Yorkers experiencing food vulnerability or homelessness, DiscNY is planning on splitting the funds raised between itself and two other non-profits: NY Common Pantry and the Coalition for the Homeless. The funds we keep will go towards our ongoing expenses, ensuring we can continue to support our employees, and set aside towards fall youth programs.

What does being a part of a Quaranteam mean to you? 

MP: We are so excited to work with Five Ultimate on this great project! It's a way for us to support an organization dedicated to the larger Ultimate community while also offering some relief to fellow New Yorkers as well as our own community members.

If you’d like to join the DiscNY Quaranteam and help support New York’s Ultimate community, you can order your official gear in the DiscNY Quaranteam shop. Hurry — the store closes May 24. 

If you’re involved with a local Ultimate non-profit organization and want to find out more about partnering with us for your own Quaranteam fundraiser, you can email kyle@fiveultimate.com.
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