The Color of Ultimate: ATL

AFDC’s Project Diversity committee, in partnership with Atlanta Hustle and Atlanta Soul professional ultimate teams, hosted a person of color showcase game right here in Atlanta on June 22nd.

The goal of the game was to bring awareness about the socioeconomic and racial inequity of the sport of ultimate. The game will highlight elite players of color and expose the sport to those outside of our community encouraging more people of color to play ultimate.

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

Additionally, you can donate directly to Project Diversity and our cause.


Full Videos:
Color of Ultimate: ATL — Full Documentary
Color of Ultimate: ATL — Documentary Trailer
Color of Ultimate: ATL — Full Game Footage

Color of Ultimate ATL — Highlights:
Edited Highlight Reel (Courtesy of Nathan Kolakovic of USA Ultimate)
Individual livestream highlight clips (Courtesy of the Atlanta Hustle)

Color of Ultimate Photos:
Atlanta Hustle Gallery (via Ryan Cameron)
Tino Tran Gallery
Alana Jolie Gallery
James Crissman Gallery

Color of Ultimate Media and Articles:
The Flatballer — Preview
The Ultimate Podcast — Interview with Josh and Shanye
Fox 5 Atlanta News — TV Appearance & Article
Official Game Articles — Game Preview, Player Interviews, Recap
Ultiworld — Recap
Official Game Program


Missions of the game:

  • To raise awareness within the ultimate community that people of color and people of underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds are severely underrepresented in ultimate
  • To showcase players of color at the game’s highest level
  • To introduce people of non-traditional ultimate backgrounds to the sport of ultimate

2019 Roster

Women

NAME Location of Residence Most Recent Professional Team Most Recent Club Team
AJ Beard Seattle, WA n/a Seattle iRot
Allysha Dixon Denver, CO n/a Denver Molly Brown
Anastasia Foster Houston, TX Austin Torch Houston Crush City
Anraya Palmer Decatur, GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Ozone
Ari Lozano Seattle, WA Seattle Cascades Seattle Mixtape
Chupzi Lema Atlanta. GA n/a Atlanta Outbreak
Claudia Vasquez Palo Alto, CA n/a San Francisco Classy
Dana Rose Atlanta. GA n/a Atlanta Bucket
Elizabeth Mosquera Medellin, Colombia Medellin Revolution Medellin Revolution
Felicia Yang Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Ninety-Nines Los Angeles Rampage
Georgia Tse Durham, NC Raleigh Radiance Raleigh Phoenix
Jenny Choi Atlanta. GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Ozone
Jin-Mi Matsunaga Atlanta. GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Ozone
Kat Smith Atlanta. GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Outbreak
Lauren Lee Marietta, GA n/a Atlanta Outbreak
Leah Tsinajinnie Phoenix, AZ Atlanta Soul Atlanta Ozone
Manuela Cardenas Medellin, Colombia Medellin Revolution Medellin Revolution
Marie Perivier Atlanta. GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Ozone
Michelle Yang Atlanta. GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Ozone
Nariah-Belle Sims Seattle, WA n/a Seattle Lights Out
Shanye Crawford Kennesaw, GA Atlanta Soul Atlanta Bucket
Sydney Harris Raleigh, NC Raleigh Radiance Raleigh Phoenix
Ximena Montaña Medellin, Colombia Medellin Revolution Medellin Revolution
Yina Cartagena Medellin, Colombia Medellin Revolution Medellin Revolution

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Men

Name Location Most Recent Professional Team Most Recent Club Team
Anders Olsen Atlanta. GA Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Chain Lightning
Ben Feng Eugene, OR DC Breeze San Francisco Mischief
Brandon Li Atlanta. GA n/a Atlanta Bucket
Byron Liu Oakland, CA San Francisco Flamethrowers San Francisco Revolver
Chidike Iromuanya Atlanta. GA n/a Atlanta Heartbreakers
Chris Calhoun Nashville, TN Nashville Nightwatch Atlanta Chain Lightning
Christian Boxley Bowie, MD DC Breeze Washington DC Truckstop
Delrico Johnson Columbia, MD DC Breeze Washington DC Truckstop
Devin Cox Atlanta. GA Nashville Nightwatch Atlanta JLP
Gabe Hernandez Dallas, TX Dallas Roughnecks Austin Doublewide
Jaime Perez Atlanta. GA Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Chain Lightning
Jakeem Polk Raleigh, NC Raleigh Flyers Raleigh Ring of Fire
Jacques Perivier Atlanta. GA Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Chain Lightning
Javier Ortiz Chattanooga, TN Atlanta Hustle Huntsville Freaks
Jesse Bolton Seattle, WA Seattle Cascades Seattle Mixtape
Josh T. Feng Atlanta. GA Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Rush Hour
Justin Badgett Knoxville, TN Nashville Nightwatch Tennessee Tanasi
Kelvin Williams Birmingham, AL Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Chain Lightning
Mark Rauls Denver, CO Detroit Mechanix Denver Johnny Bravo
Matt Smith Atlanta. GA Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Chain Lightning
Raymond Mendoza Washington, D.C. DC Breeze Baltimore Medicine Men
Sun Choi Atlanta. GA Atlanta Hustle Atlanta Chain Lightning
Victor Luo Madison, WI Madison Radicals Madison Club Ultimate
Zubair Abdulla Chicago, IL Chicago Wildfire Chicago Beachfront Property

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For more info on our rosters, please check out our players’ bios on Project Diversity’s facebook page.


2019 Coaches

Our first coach is Tuba Benson Jaja! Born in Nigeria and raised in the US since age 5, Tuba played soccer and ran track & cross country in high school. In college, he founded Georgia Southern’s ultimate program where he played from 1999 to 2004. Ultimate has been a part of his life ever since. Tuba played many seasons with Ring of Fire (a USA Ultimate men’s club team out of NC) from 2003 to 2013, which included 9 National Championship appearances and multiple Regional Championship titles, as well as 2 years with Boneyard (a men’s masters team). Tuba has also competed internationally winning 2 gold medals at the World Ultimate Club Championships representing the USA in 2014 in Italy and in 2016 in London.

Tuba started his coaching career at the collegiate level helping various teams across the years build their programs and invest in their players. From 2014-2017, he coached the Jacksonville Cannons, an AUDL professional men’s ultimate team, and led them to the playoffs two of those seasons. Tuba has long been a staple in elite southeast ultimate and we’re beyond thrilled to have him helping coach one of our showcase teams this year. Good luck, Tuba!

Coaching against Tuba will be Atlanta’s own, Jason Simpson! From playing recreationaly in AFDC Summer Leagues to elite levels on a national or even world scale, his love, talent and mind for the sport is unmatched. Jason grew up while playing at Paideia, a local high school known nationally for it’s ultimate program, and later helped coach a few seasons. He led Georgia State University’s men’s ultimate team to some tournament wins during his time in college.

Jason started early representing the USA on the under-19 Worlds team in 1998 (also serving as team captain). A staple of Atlanta’s Chain (a USA Ultimate men’s club team), Jason played with the team for 15 seasons from 1999 to 2014, including taking home a National Championship win in 2009. He also played two seasons with Bucket, an mixed club team out of Atlanta. He has a 5-digit USAU ID if that shows you how long he’s been playing competitively..

Jason’s coaching career is just as impressive with highlights including assistant coaching the USA World’s under-19 men’s team in 2004 and 2006 and the USA World’s under-23 mixed team in 2013. He’s served as a mentor and role model to countless players across Atlanta and can claim credit for teaching or inspiring many of today’s top talent. Good luck, Jason!

 


About TNReels

Tee Newsome of TNReels has recently arrived on the media scene increasing coverage of ultimate in the southeast. What started out as just a hobby is growing into much more and we’re so excited to have him for the Color of Ultimate: ATL.

I first started filming ultimate back in 2017 with the Ole Miss ultimate frisbee team. I loved it so much that, I wanted to film more ultimate after the season was over. I went to ATL Classic and made a great reel. After receiving positive feedback/comments, I didn’t want to stop filming. I live and breathe this sport and creating content is something that makes me love it even more. For now, TNReels is something that I do on the side and I hope to continue to grow in that. I’m always looking forward to creating content together in the ultimate community. 

Check out Tee’s YouTube page to see his previous work or give him a follow on social media. If you’re interested in booking Tee for an up-coming event, he can also be contacted by email: tnxulty@gmail.com

   



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!

 


Aria discs is the official disc partner of The Color of Ultimate: ATL. Aria has supported us with 225 custom discs for the game and an ADDITIONAL 250 new discs to give away to youth in need!


USA Ultimate is an official partner of The Color of Ultimate: ATL. USAU will be providing us with videography help and assistance and will also help us with outreach by spreading our game and our mission.

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