Conscious Party: Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee

ULTIMATE FUN: Players from French Broad River Academy try to advance the disc up the field against Franklin School of Innovation during a Wednesday Middle School Spring League game at Memorial Stadium. Photo taken by Mark Strazzer.

WHAT: A benefit night for the Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee program

WHERE: Hi-Wire Brewing

WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 4-11 p.m.

WHY: With both fall and spring programs, games running several times a week and a tournament to culminate the end of a successful season, the Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee league is expanding, allowing more students the opportunity to get active and enjoy a new sport.

The Youth Ultimate league began in 2003 with four middle school teams and has grown to include over 350 participants from 16 area schools. Yet increasing popularity means additional costs, ranging from renting field space for games to providing and paying coaches, says Mark Strazzer, youth program manager.

“When we have more schools than needed or we have some schools that need more support than others, that’s where the money is used to sort of fill in the holes and supplement the fees,” Strazzer said.

The benefit night will feature raffle prizes and a silent auction for larger items, including donatations from Asheville Pizza Co., High Five Coffee, Buxton Hall and coupons for a day in Asheville, says Strazzer. Hi-Wire Brewing will also donate a portion of their sales to the Youth Ultimate league.

“We hope to pack it, to have a good time and to raise a lot of money for the kiddos,” Strazzer says.

Visit http://ashevilleultimate.org for more information or to make a donation. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event, $5 for the first ticket and $1 for additional entries. 

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About Molly Horak
Molly is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and writer for Mountain Xpress. Her work has appeared in the Citizen-Times, News and Observer and Charlotte Observer. Follow me @molly_horak

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