Project Diversity

AFDC: Project Diversity is led by community leaders focused on creating more equitable opportunities so ultimate is more accessible to people of all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. Created in 2019, we’re just getting started.

In addition to hosting The Color of Ultimate: ATL in June 2019, we are now refocusing our efforts in the local Atlanta community, as well as planning The Color of Ultimate 2020.

Follow & support us on social media:

@afdc_diversity    @afdc_diversity  @AFDCProjectDiversity

Contact Us: Questions or inquiries? Please email Josh T. Feng, Director of the Committee, at jfeng004@gmail.com, and we’ll be happy to help!


Mission Statement

The mission of the AFDC Project Diversity committee is to help people of all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds access and enjoy the opportunities and benefits of ultimate.

Values

What does diversity look like?

  • More underrepresented players in the ultimate community

What does inclusion look like?

  • A culture that welcomes, engages, and retains diverse new members

What is the current state of our community?

  • Ultimate has a low cost when it comes to barrier of entry, but is still a predominantly white and upper-class sport.
  • There is an overall unawareness and indifference to this racial and socioeconomic disparity

Objectives

  1. Increase awareness of the issue within our current community
  2. Help develop sustainable growth by developing coaches, creating teams, and increasing accessibility of the sport to under-served communities

Our Team

Josh T. Feng is a founding member and the director of Project Diversity. Josh began playing ultimate in 2008, and has both played and coached at the highest levels. Last autumn, Josh founded and coached the Wesley middle school ultimate team, the only active predominantly minority ultimate team–at any competitive level–in the Atlanta Metro area. He has since dedicated himself to increasing racial and socioeconomic diversity in ultimate.

In his non-ultimate spare time, Josh enjoys traveling, the outdoors, cooking, and rooting for the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.

Shanye Crawford is a founding committee member of Project Diversity. She was first introduced to ultimate in her junior year at the University of Georgia. Her initial impression of the sport (“Is this the real life??”) and excitement over the community (#squadgoals) has steadily continued to increase!

Shanye’s playing resume include multiple D1 College (UGA) and Club Nationals (Atlanta Ozone & Bucket) appearances as well as 2 World Championships (2006, 2018). In addition to coaching at the Paideia School and Grady, Shanye also has an active histroy captaining on AFDC summer, fall and spring league teams.

After 10 years as a High School foreign language teacher, Shanye is now the manager, co-captain, and player of the Atlanta Soul. Outside of the frisbee world, Shanye enjoys making music, making people laugh, and traveling.

Lauren Lee is a founding committee member of Project Diversity. First introduced to ultimate in high school, Lauren joined Lynx Rufus, the Georgia College Women’s ultimate team her sophomore year. Lauren’s experience resulted in a love and dedication for ultimate, inclusivity, and Spirit of The Game.

Lauren’s playing resume includes DIII College Nationals appearances in 2013 and 2014, Indoor Nationals appearance in 2015, co-founding and captaining Atlanta’s 9Hammer, and captaining Atlanta Outbreak. She coached AFDC youth leagues, Sutton Middle School’s ultimate team, and Emory’s Women’s B team (Tuna). Lauren is also active in the AFDC leagues, captaining fall and spring league teams to help cultivate new players in the sport.

As a supervisor for a corporate company, Lauren has experience with engaging in difficult conversations, managing conflict, and empowering people. When she isn’t leading a team, Lauren enjoys playing beach volleyball, spikeball, disc golf, and board games.

Devin Cox is a founding committee member of Project Diversity. A Paideia School and University of Georgia alumnus, he coached UGA’s Men’s C team and the Wesley middle school ultimate team. Devin enjoys playing goaltimate, mixed ultimate, and is a 2019 USAU Beach Ultimate National Champion.

As a reading and sensory-cognitive instructor, Devin is no stranger to helping youth achieve their potential. Outside work and ultimate, he enjoys Magic: the Gathering and plays in The Long Balls, a band that consists of Atlanta ultimate players.

Anraya Palmer is from Conyers, GA but reps Atlanta to the fullest. She is currently a captain for Atlanta Ozone. She has played on Atlanta Soul for 2 seasons now. She has previously played for Atlanta Outbreak and UGA Hodawgs/Dawgma/Athena. Anraya has been coaching Paideia for the last 5 seasons. She is also a USAU Live Ultimate Ambassadors.

Outside of ultimate, she is an elementary school teacher at the Friends School. Anraya recently got married this past November to her husband Erik. She is a big fan of the Atlanta Dream.  #blacklivesmatter #betonwomen

Barckley Toole wants to help enrich Atlanta’s ultimate community. Having played for over 25 years, he has had the opportunity to play extensively in Europe, Asia, and India. Barckley believes that growing the diversity of Atlanta’s ultimate players will result in stronger community and better overall ultimate experience.

In addition to Project Diversity, he spends time with his wife and 4 children, coaches and leads youth ultimate, is active in his church, and competes at the oldest level.

Peter Thomas has played at many levels of ultimate, from weekly pick–up in ATL, DC ,and Kampala, Uganda to the Ultimate championships at the college, club (Chain Lightning), Masters, Grand Masters, and Worlds levels. As an African-American, Peter is passionate about promoting and helping to bring diversity to the game of ultimate locally, and globally. As a part of the ownership group of the Atlanta Hustle, Peter hopes to provide insight and advocacy for greater diversity and inclusion at all levels of ultimate. He hopes his access and representation of a professional team is an opportunity to increase visibility and facilitate greater opportunities for Project Diversity and the community at large.

Outside of ultimate, Peter is an epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he currently assist in training scientists in African francophone countries in field epidemiology.

 


Spin Ultimate is the official apparel provider of The Color of Ultimate: ATL. Spin has supported us with over $2000 worth of value in game jerseys and sponsorship apparel to support our game’s mission!

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