Family by Pops

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10 Responses

  1. Corinne says:

    This is exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing. It was pretty wonderful.

  2. Jeff Rose says:

    This is great, Alek. You made me feel welcome when I first started playing 3 years ago (even while you were kicking your bucket). Love the frisbee community here, and my life in Gainesville is significantly better because of it. YAY LEAGUE!

  3. Phil Nassoiy says:

    Great post Alek! Feel exactly the same. Cheers!

  4. PONZ says:

    Nice article, Even though it makes it tougher to accept that my injury keeps me off the field. Maybe I should come hang out once in a while this summer though and take in a few games.

  5. ahartzog says:

    I am not Pops, I am never the writer of these articles haha. I post them for others!

  6. Switzer says:

    Three Cheers for Pops! Here, Here!! In my new season of life (middle age), surrounded by young’ins and great people, and realizing I can’t hang with anyone these days, the reality of your post rings too true… I simply like the folks on the field and on the other team too much… “Man that was impressive! Well done! Go other Team!” Competition has been replaced by appreciation or admiration or reflection or something.

    Thanks to everyone for making Ultimate happen and befriending all the new folks. We were the new folks once, and we are indebted to those who befriended us.

  7. Jim Davis says:

    I agree with Pops. The first time I came out to league, I didn’t know a single person who played ultimate in Gainesville. I was overweight, really out of shape, one of the oldest people in league, and a terrible player. It didn’t matter. I was welcomed and treated very well by everyone I met. I was encouraged to play by my captain and other teammates even though my first team was literally better off playing down than having me on the field. I really appreciate it.

    I was one of those guys Pops mentioned, drafted in the 11th round (12th, actually) and taught how to play by people who could have easily ignored me, laughed at me, or told me I was wasting my time by trying to play. It made a big difference. If people had not been so nice and encouraging, I probably would have gotten discouraged by my terrible play and stopped coming out.

    Since then, league and the ultimate community in general, have become like a family. Once I had been playing for a while, Jenny (my wife, for those who don’t know) started coming out to watch the games and hang out. Jenny is not able to play ultimate, but, again, that did not matter to the community. She has been welcomed and treated very well. I will always be grateful for that. This community has made our lives much richer and more enjoyable. We have made good friends and have a place where we can laugh and enjoy ourselves with friends and family.

    I encourage everyone to take a moment to realize how fortunate we all are to be able to be a part of it, and to invest the time to give and get what you can from being a part of it. The plays in the games are fun, but the comments, cheers, encouragement, laughs, heckling, and post game conversations are much, much better than that.

    Jim Davis.

    P.S. I would also like to give a shout out to Greathouse, Alek, the perennial captains, and everyone else who puts in the time and effort to make the league hugely successful and enjoyable. Thanks to all of you.

  8. A-dub says:

    Just spent a night at mels. Totally get you dude. right on with all that talk about family.

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