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MICHELE PEZZOLI-KENNEDY

Inducted: 2018 - Player

Hometown: Cambria, Calif.

Born: April 1, 1949

 

 

Michele was one of the first women to play on a men’s ultimate team in the early days of the sport. She was instrumental in pushing the founders of ultimate to establish a women’s division at Club Nationals in 1981. She started the Santa Barbara Condor Women’s ultimate team which eventually grew into the most dominant women’s team of the 1980s. Michele, along with teammate and co-captain Sandy Ross, provided the leadership which enabled the Santa Barbara women to develop into a highly competitive team that succeeded in winning four UPA National Championships in the club women’s division and one WFDF World Championship during Michele’s tenure.

Michele welcomed all those interested in playing ultimate and imbued her teammates with the values of respect, friendship, perseverance and fun. Michele had an extremely strong work ethic and, above all, set the standard for Spirit of the Game. Michele was a skilled player who could be counted on for solid play in the toughest of games. Under Michele's leadership, bringing your best to practice and playing with integrity were as much a focus as winning in competition.

Michele was also recently inducted into the FPA Freestyle Hall of Fame and was an accomplished overall competitor in the mid- to late-1970s and into the early 1980s.

 


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Playing Career

Year
Team Name
1976-1981   Santa Barbara Condors
1981-1986   Santa Barbara Condor Women

 

 

 

US National Championship Tournaments

Name    City    Year    Division    Placing
Condor Women   Santa Barbara   1981   Women's   Regionals
Condor Women   Santa Barbara   1982   Women's   Regionals
Condor Women   Santa Barbara   1983   Women's   Regionals
Condor Women   Santa Barbara   1984   Women's   Champion
Condor Women   Santa Barbara   1985   Women's   Champion
Condor Women   Santa Barbara   1986   Women's   Champion

 

 

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Contributions and Service

In August of 1981, I, along with Suzanne Fields and Louie Mahoney, met with the UPA director and key organizers to propose establishing a women's division. By immediately contacting other experienced women ultimate players across the country, we were able to organize for Sectionals and Regionals in all five regions in preparation for the 1981 UPA National Championships in November 1981. The women's division was officially established!

For the inaugural year, I was the Western Regional Coordinator for the women's division from 1981-1982.

In 1981, I started the Santa Barbara Condor Women's team, calling on Sandy Ross, an experienced player from another local team, to begin forming the Condor team from a group of experienced and unexperienced players who were introduced to ultimate through the newly developed UC Santa Barbara intramurals program. The Condors eventually became the dominant women's team of the 1980s.

 

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