James began his Ultimate ways in 2008 at Eastern University with the Exiles. To put it honestly, the Exiles were an incredible group of people that drew James into the sport. Since then, it has never been the absolute thrill of pulling down a beautiful huck or the blood-pounding exhilaration of tearing up the dirt right behind your mark that has driven James; it has always been about the supportive camaraderie of the light-filled people who pat you on the back with a smart comment after dropping the pull at sectionals, the people who inspire you to push your limits when you feel there is nothing left to give, and the people who just make this sport so much fun.
Four years later and James graduated with the rest of his senior line from the Exiles. He started playing pick-up with a crew in Sparta, NJ, eventually becoming a primary organizer and arranging a small local team. After two and a half years he moved to Steamboat Springs, CO, a small mountain town. Here he was lucky to find a new pick-up crew which he has since taken a leadership role to develop it into Steamboat’s Organized Ultimate League (SOUL). Currently it is a vibrant and growing family focused community.
One thing is for certain, wherever he goes, he will take with him the audacious and encouraging spirit of ultimate players. He believes that it is a sport that fosters strong relationships and personal growth at no cost to competition. To have the opportunity to use the sport that James has grown to love so much to help nurture a few seeds of peace in the world is the most exciting opportunity he has ever encountered. James can not wait to be a coach for Ultimate Peace and continue doing what he loves, creating relationships and chucking plastic.