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What is the All-Star Ultimate Tour?
The All-Star Ultimate Tour 2016 is a group of elite college-aged female ultimate players who are traveling across the United States from July 22nd to August 9th to play the top women's club teams in the country. The games are an opportunity for you to come watch the best female players in your city and to support the growth of our sport by following the Tour via the FREE live-streamed games.
Who are the All-Star Ultimate players?
We are the next generation of female athletes and leaders. We have been selected for our incredible ultimate achievements and for our exemplar sportsmanship. What brings us together? Our utter dominant All-Star status. We hail from across the country and have competed in all of the possible divisions: College D-I Nationals, Women's Club, Mixed Club, US National teams, etc. We will inspire the new generation of female ultimate players.
Why do an All-Star Ultimate tour?
Our work is part of a greater global movement. The All-Star Ultimate Tour 2016 is an opportunity to show the world how powerful and skilled female athletes are. Gender inequality is a reality. This project is a step in the right direction for our sport, but we hope that the empowerment it facilitates reverberates beyond the ultimate community and plays a part in the global movement for gender equality.
How does it work?
We're driving two vans from Seattle, WA to Boston, MA and stopping to play the top women's club teams in major cities. Each showcase game will be an opportunity to highlight women in ultimate. Games will be live-streamed for free for those unable to attend in person. With the number of hours of footage covering men's ultimate increasing and so many venues for men to compete in, this tour is one way for our community to support female athletes and women in ultimate.
Who is heading the All-Star Ultimate Tour?
This idea was born out of the experience of playing women's ultimate. Words from the founder of the All-Star Ultimate Tour: "My name is Qxhna Titcomb, and I decided to take on this project because I am passionate about ultimate frisbee, and about the status of women in the sport. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, I followed the Nexgen Tour's games, and have seen first-hand the stars that it has produced. I realized from the beginning that where young male athletes could aspire to be a part of the tour, there was no such avenue for young female players. My goal in putting on this tour is to create an opportunity for young female players to play the best teams in the country, and to showcase the showdown between the established and the up-and-coming."
Where can I find more information about the All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015?
In 2015, the All-Star Ultimate Tour traveled from Seattle to Boston and played showcase games in nine different cities. More information can be found here. Curious to see who played on the 2015 roster? Find that information here.