Stellar Ultimate Weekend
Stellar, STL’s competitive women’s club team, was formed to represent STL on the national stage as well as develop and build competitive women's ultimate players. Unfortunately, the club season is an expensive commitment and those costs are often a barrier to participation. With their inaugural season behind them and a solid first-year showing at regionals, Stellar hosted several events to garner support and raise funds for their teams future. Being a new team and one with many players new to the club level, Stellar aims to build up funds to make playing women’s Ultimate as accessible as possible for our community. To kickoff their postseason fundraising, Stellar played a showcase game in Toyota Stadium on Saturday and organized a mixed hatdraw tournament on Sunday. Stellar’s goal for the weekend was to fundraise, but they also expanded and brought our Ultimate community together.
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The Showcase Game
Playing in front of a crowd is tough. Playing in front of a crowd that has no idea what you’re playing is daunting. This is the exact situation Stellar signed up for. These women played under stadium lights in front of a crowd that came to see men play soccer. As the STL FC (soccer) game reached halftime, most people turned their attention away from the field to their phones, companions, or rumbling stomachs; attention on the field was the lowest it had been in an hour. That’s when the first pull of the showcase went up. As these ladies played, they gained more attention from the soccer fans with each throw. Many weren’t sure how these women were doing what they were doing with a ‘Frisbee’, but Stellar captured their attention. For Stellar, this game was all about exposing people to both Ultimate and women in sports— to say they succeeded would be an understatement. Stellar put on a great display of women’s ultimate and walked away sweaty, covered in turf pellets, and with many new fans.
Stellar would like to send a big thank you to the players who signed up for the hatdraw tournament. All who came out got in a lot of touches with many different members of our community and supported the growth of STL women’s ultimate. Your support will help Stellar become a more inclusive, accessible, and successful program.
photos by: Kiersten Ruff
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