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Dan “Stork” Roddick on Gender Equity in Ultimate

Dan “Stork” Roddick is a friend and mentor and is widely considered the Godfather of Frisbee. Stork is in all of the frisbee hall of fames (Ultimate, Disc Golf, Freestyle, and Frisbee), has been playing and growing the sport for more than 50 years, and is still actively involved in playing, growing, and guiding the direction of the future of frisbee.

For this reason, I reached out to Stork for his thoughts on the topic of Gender Equity and what follows below is his email back to me. I have not edited his reply so please understand that this is his opinion and is based on many years of experience, effort and dedication to the sport of frisbee.

Get to Know Sherri Rose

Sherri Rose, from Alberta Canada, found out about ultimate at a camp 3 years ago and fell in love with it immediately. Since then, she has traveled to 2 college ultimate championship weekends, the 2012 USA Ultimate Championships and the 2012 US Open. She just started playing ultimate in a league this year and played her first tournament last weekend.

Sherri embodies the spirit of the ultimate community – she’s passionate, she has fun playing and she met many others through traveling and online.

Another Pro League – Too Much?

With Nexgen proposing a new professional league, that now brings it into competition with the AUDL, the MLU and possibly USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown.

Here is a great podcast from Ultiworld discussing the implications of Nexgen’s proposed league: http://soundcloud.com/ultiworld/deep-look.

Read more about Nexgen’s league here: http://ultiworld.com/2012/12/03/top-club-captains-reaction-to-the-nexgen-proposal and here: http://ultiworld.com/2012/12/03/usau-the-audl-mlu-and-nexgen-understanding-the-distinctions-between-the-leagues.

I would love to hear what you think of Nexgen’s announcement and the other pro leagues. Do you think it’s too much?

Tom “TK” Kennedy – Hall of Famer

Recently, I was in Santa Barbara for the 2012 US Open Overall Flying Disc Championships and I had the chance to sit down with Tom “TK” Kennedy. We had a candid conversation about how he got into the game, his history with the Ultimate Players Association (now known as USA Ultimate) and his role with the formation of the Santa Barbara Condors, one of the most famous ultimate teams ever. This first video is just a snippet of our conversation and I get his thoughts on the current state of ultimate – the AUDL, Brodie Smith’s trick shot videos and youth ultimate.