Jacksonville Ultimate League and Atlanta Flying Disc Club Juniors Become Newest USA Ultimate Affiliates

Posted: April 2, 2015 10:03 AM
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Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 2, 2015) – USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States, announced today official affiliation with two new local leagues, the Jacksonville Ultimate League (JUL) and Atlanta Flying Disc Club (AFDC) Juniors. JUL and AFDC Juniors are the most recent additions to USA Ultimate’s Affiliate Program.

Jacksonville Ultimate League and Atlanta Flying Disc Club Juniors join nine other local leagues as official USA Ultimate Affiliates: Albany Ultimate Disc Association, Columbus Ultimate Disc Association, Connecticut Ultimate Club, DiscNY, Maine Ultimate, Minnesota Youth Ultimate, Missoula Ultimate Federation, Neuqua Valley Ultimate and Ultimate Players League of Austin. As part of the agreement, these leagues will receive additional resources and support from USA Ultimate designed to assist with the expansion and promotion of grassroots programs and serve local players.

USA Ultimate’s Affiliate Program represents a significant component of the organization’s six-year strategic plan, which places an emphasis on growing youth, college and league ultimate.

"Jacksonville Ultimate League is excited to announce that we are now an official USA Ultimate Affiliate," said JUL President Bill Kilgannon. "This strategic partnership will bring Jacksonville the support we need to aid in our ultimate community's development. We are dedicated to the growth of our sport, especially youth development, and now have the necessary resources to push our efforts to the next level."

"AFDC Juniors welcomes this exciting opportunity for partnership with USA Ultimate which will contribute to sustained youth ultimate growth in our city and region," said AFDC Juniors Director George Li. "We are confident that USA Ultimate’s resources and support will have an immediate and positive impact on all of our leagues and activities, and we look forward to developing new services and programs through this relationship with USA Ultimate."

Among the benefits offered to USA Ultimate-affiliated leagues are various materials and programs that assist with education, instruction and training initiatives, as well as several streams of financial support. Affiliated leagues receive access to USA Ultimate’s Learn to Play Program, as well as curricula designed for physical education in a classroom setting, coaching education and observer certification. USA Ultimate also assists its affiliated leagues with the facilitation of community recreation programs, youth camps and college program outreach.

Financial resources are available to USA Ultimate-affiliated leagues in the form of grants, discounts and rebate dollars, while leagues can also benefit from an insurance program covering events, players, directors and officers.

USA Ultimate maintains a close programmatic and strategic relationship with its affiliates, but each league remains a separate and distinct entity that exists to serve its constituents, elects a board of directors and manages affairs under its own set of bylaws.

For more information on how to become a USA Ultimate Affiliate, visit usaultimate.org or contact USA Ultimate Director of Membership and Sport Development, Melanie Byrd at melanie@hq.usaultimate.org.

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