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Abby Shure

Abby Shure

Abby started playing Ultimate her freshman year of college and hasn’t taken a season off since. She played for four years with Northwestern Gungho and played at College Nationals three times, earning a deep sunburn every year. She’s played three years with Chicago women’s club team Spicy Tuna and most recently with Chicago Nemesis 2015 – she’s a cutter and in charge of ordering stickers. For the past two years, she’s spent the club offseason coaching Gungho B (#yungholove) and...

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Abe Chiswick

Abe Chiswick

Abe began playing ultimate, as many people did, at summer camp.  His first organized competitive ultimate was for NYU’s Purple Haze in their inaugural seasons.  After moving to Israel, Abe searched out the local ultimate scene and has been deeply involved ever since.  He helped found Haifa’s Hucking Crazy club team, which ten years later is one of the most stable and long lasting teams in the country.  He has worked and volunteered with the Israeli Flying Disc Association running...

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Adam Salwen

Adam Salwen

Born into an Ultimate playing family, Adam grew up on the sidelines of his parents games and started playing junior summer league at the age of ten.  Since then, he has played for his Amherst, MA Middle and High School teams as well as at Cornell University where he was a captain.  After working for two years as a programmer, Adam got sick of sitting behind a desk and flew to the Middle East to intern for Ultimate Peace.  “Participating in UP and seeing the growth and smiles of all the...

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Amy Broome

Amy Broome

Amy started playing ultimate in high school at St. Johnsbury Academy in her home state of Vermont. She has since played co-ed club at Wheaton College and both mixed (Wild Card, Lions) and women’s (Siege) club in Boston, MA. She now plays with Cosa Nostra (mixed) in Austin, TX and is playing with Austin’s premier women’s professional team, the Torch. She is in her 2nd year of a MA in Middle Eastern Studies at UT Austin. She is always eager to spread her love of ultimate throughout...

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Anna Glass

Anna Glass

Anna started playing Ultimate at the Paideia School (Atl, Ga) in 2012 and hasn’t been able to stop. She says that Ultimate has brought her some of the most amazing opportunities in life (including her 2014 trip to Lecco, Italy with the Israeli delegation for the Junior World Ultimate Championships) and has introduced her to lifelong friends. Anna attends Emory University plays for Luna, the Emory women’s team. This will be her fourth year in the Middle East as a part of Ultimate Peace and...

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Ben Marsh

Ben Marsh

Ben Marsh grew up throwing a disc around with his parents and brothers in Silver Spring, MD. He started playing competitive ultimate when he was 15, founded his (terribly unsuccessful) high school team, then continued to play for the University of Maryland. Ben moved to Israel in the fall of 2014, and now lives in an urban kibbutz in Haifa. He started coaching with Ultimate Peace shortly after arriving and absolutely loves the organization. When not playing ultimate, Ben sits around his room,...

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Caroline Chow

Caroline Chow

Caroline started playing ultimate at Amherst Regional High School in 2002, back in the days when Gaia was the only company making frisbee gear and Krispy Kreme still gave out free hot donuts. She continued at Tufts University, where she was relegated to the slOw-line and where her greatest accomplishment was getting her team to wear matching shorts. Since then, she has played for women’s and mixed club teams in Boston, Tianjin, Beijing and now Istanbul, where she currently lives. Caroline...

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Dan Curme

Dan Curme

Dan started playing ultimate at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN in 2004.  He promptly quit all other sports and focused solely on ultimate.  He went to play for Carleton College – CUT and co-captained his team to a DI national championship in 2009.  Due to 4 ultimate-related surgeries, Dan has stopped playing competitively.  From July 2014 to May 2015, he bicycled from Seattle WA to the coast of Maine and then from Charleston, SC to San Francisco, CA.  Now, he is finishing up his...

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Dana Dunwoody

Dana Dunwoody

Dana currently coaches Ultimate and Basketball across the greater Boston and Cambridge area. She currently sits on the Athletics Redesign Committee for Boston Public Schools and serves as a Coach Educator with Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance. (BUDA) Her service with BUDA does not stop there, she is also serving as a consultant with BUDA’s Diversity Committee, an effort to diversify membership, reaching out to women and girls of color to engage in the fun, friendship, and love of Ultimate....

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Dana Schwarz

Dana Schwarz

Dana first started playing true organized ultimate in 2013 when she began graduate school at Florida State University. She was a member of the FSU Seminole Ladies for two seasons including the 2015 year when they earned the program’s first ever section championship title, region championship title, and college nationals appearance. Dana also plays mixed ultimate during the club season. Since her very first step onto an ultimate field in 2013 she has had an undying love for the sport and...

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Dani Glass

Dani Glass

Dani has been a part of Ultimate Peace since camp of 2010 and has loved watching the organization, campers, and CITs grow into the amazing operation we have today. She recently graduated from Lawrence University, where she played varsity soccer for four years as a goalkeeper as well as club Ultimate for four years. Dani is looking forward to becoming a high school teacher, and plans to use teaching as a tool through which she can travel to many different regions to learn about the languages and...

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Danie Proby

Danie Proby

Danie Proby is known for despising free-time. She co-founded the only Ultimate Frisbee Academy in Canada, is currently is on the Junior Development Committee for Ultimate Canada, teaches high school physical education, and is coaching a billion teams....

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Deb Alper

Deb Alper

Deb started out as a NYC high school Frisbee freestyler, but once discovered Ultimate, she was hooked. Over the course of the next thiry-five years that she dedicated to the sport, Deb competed in hundreds of tournaments including dozens of regional and national championships....

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Drew Galiger

Drew Galiger

Drew began his ultimate career at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2008 where he enjoyed four years as a player. Through collegiate ultimate, Drew has met lifelong mentors and friends that have helped him develop into the teacher and coach he is today. After his Tulane playing days, Drew began and finished his work in New Orleans Teach For America Corps teaching middle school and high school while also coaching Tulane Ultimate into one of the Southeast’s top programs. He is elated...

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Elan Kane

Elan Kane

Elan is from Briarcliff Manor, NY. He began learning and playing ultimate in 2007 at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, NY and continued playing in high school at Solomon Schechter in Westchester. He played four years of ultimate at Brandeis University where he captained the team as a senior. He coached ultimate as a counselor at Camp Ramah for four summers and is excited to join the Ultimate Peace community this summer!

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Eran Brandeis

Eran Brandeis

I am from Jerusalem and started playing Ultimate in High school in 2007 I have since played in California, the Israeli national team and in Australia. I attended the first camp back in 2010 and got back to coaching with UP in 2014 in Jerusalem with the Experimental school and coaching in the 2015 UP camp. I am currently in Australia and can’t wait to get back to coaching again!

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Eric Vander Heyden

Eric Vander Heyden

Eric began playing Ultimate Frisbee at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. The philosophy of teamwork that is deeply rooted in Ultimate, sparked a love for the game in Eric like no other. The links formed within a game of Ultimate inspire a deeper relationship and camaraderie among players unlike any other sport. Eric’s experience with Ultimate ranges from tournaments on the West Coast, to Summer League in Atlanta, to Hat Tournaments in Thailand, Beach Tournaments in Kenya and Tanzania,...

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Erin Curme Jacobs

Erin Curme Jacobs

Erin Curme, representing half of the dynamic Curme-sibling-duo with brother Dan Curme, is a seasoned UP coach and hopes to return to camp every single summer for the rest of forever. Her favorite parts of camp are dance parties, mealtime cheers, slip-n-slide, and spirit-filled games....

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Heather Ann Brauer

Heather Ann Brauer

Much of Heather Ann’s passion lies in coaching and she has never had a more powerful coaching experience than at Camp UP in 2016.  She was so inspired by the campers, LITs, coaches, and staff at UP – it was remarkable to share and to learn from an incredible and diverse group of people.  Moments of pure heartwarming joy were captured in the in betweens and truly family-like connection formed throughout camp.  Since Camp UP 2016, Heather Ann has been involved in supporting the US LIT program...

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Hosa Roman

Hosa Roman

Hosa or Muhammed is from Ein Rafa and started playing Ultimate in 2010.  He began as a camper in the first UP camp.  He graduated in 2015 from the CIT ( coaches in training) program to become a UP coach....

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Jacob Barr

Jacob Barr

Jacob Barr is rip-roaring tornado of fun. He started playing Ultimate in high school with his friends and then joined his college team, the Tufts University Elephant Men and has played for them for four years. He has also played for various club teams in the Middle East including Element, J-city Lights, Oy Vey, and Pizza Party, the Tel-Aviv based pickup team. Additionally, he coached in BUDA, Boston’s youth Ultimate league. After graduating from college Jacob spent a year working for Ultimate...

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James Theodos

James Theodos

James recently graduated from the Naval Academy, where he ran on the Marathon team and began playing competitive ultimate at the collegiate level. He has played open club with RUNTIME in Maryland and mixed club with BlueSails in Florida. He played at the inaugural USA Ultimate Beach Championships in 2015, placing 11th with the open team Jaybirds. He currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, throwing the disc in paradise. James is honored to participate and serve in a meaningful and powerful program,...

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Jeff Landesman

Jeff Landesman

After 40 years of playing, coaching, and teaching Ultimate, Jeff is still enamored with Spirit of the Game. It is the reason why he started playing Ultimate, and it is the reason why he keeps playing as often as possible. Jeff began his Ultimate career as a junior in high school in New York City. His team won the New York state championship, and Ultimate has been a major part of his life ever since....

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Jim Levine

Jim Levine

I began playing in the late 1970’s at Tufts University. In the early 80’s seven members of the Tufts team joined with players from other teams to form the Hostages, a Nationals level club team that played together for four years and was regarded as a team that was way more than the sum of its quirky parts. In the late 80’s I played on the University of Michigan’s college national team, and then bounced around playing for ever more low key teams, winding up in the Mercer...

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Joe Gara

Joe Gara

Joe Gara has been a Ultimate Peace coach in the Middle East every summer since 2010.  He caught the Ultimate bug in 1994, started the team at Salisbury University making Nationals twice.  Joe lives with his UP coach wife, Becca Tucker, their 3 year old daughter, 6 goats and 120 chickens on a farm in New York near one of the best disc golf courses in the country. He knows a good disc golf course when he sees one,...

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Silhouette

Johanan Lau

I’ve played ultimate since high school, mostly in Malaysia, Singapore and around South East Asia. Chasing plastic has brought me wonderful friends and family, and spending time with UP in 2016 and 2017 has been one of the best things I could ever have done.

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John McNaughton

John McNaughton

I started playing Ultimate at 13 years old, which led to the wonderful opportunity to captain Australia at 2004 and 2006 Junior Worlds, where we got to play an Israeli team and meet Linda! I played for the University of Queensland while studying exercise science, and primarily play club with my men’s team, Firestorm. I’ve been blessed with the chance to play in a number of countries, with and against some great players. I love Ultimate Peace because it’s combining the sport I...

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John Schmit

John Schmit

Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, John grew to love ultimate at summer camp, until it became his passion upon joining his high school’s first Ultimate team in 2002. Since then he has played 16 years of high school, league and club ultimate. John coached at Minneapolis South High School for eleven years, plus two years of Minnesota Superior youth club; and more recently, team Mexico at the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, and Barcelona’s premier club, Bravas....

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Jonathan Masler

Jonathan Masler

Jonathan has been playing, coaching, and living Ultimate for over the past 12 years. He was first introduced to Ultimate at an overnight summer camp, and understands how special the space is that Camp UP provides for youth to learn from one another and grow as individuals; he strives to make each summer the best experience possible for everyone involved....

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Katy Gimma

Katy Gimma

I began playing ultimate my freshman year in college in 2010. I stumbled on a group of people running around barefoot and laying out in the mud. A friend pushed me to go to my first practice and I immediately fell in love with the sport and the culture of ultimate. My junior and senior year I co-captained the team. When I graduated I moved to Burlington, VT and had an opportunity to coach as well as play. In 2015 I guest coached Colchester High School’s open team. That summer I joined the...

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Keanan Albrecht

Keanan Albrecht

My name is Keanan and I’m a senior from Bellingham Washington. I started playing ultimate around 7th grade when my older brother dragged me out to play with him and his friends. I soon fell in love with ultimate and couldn’t seem to play enough of it. There was no youth ultimate around town so I had to play with adults just to get my Frisbee fix. I started an ultimate team at my high school freshman year and have been playing that for the past 4 years. I also am a part of Fryz Ultimate Frisbee,...

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Kelsie Brust

Kelsie Brust

Kelsie co-founded Mahtomedi High School Ultimate and played four years of women’s Ultimate at St. Olaf. She went on to play two seasons of Club Ultimate on mixed teams Pound and Bird. She’s coached three seasons of HS Ultimate; two for South Squall High School and one for Minneapolis Women’s YCC. Previously, Kelsie coached sailing for four summers on White Bear Lake. She’s spent significant time studying/traveling in the Middle East.

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Leah Tsinajinnie

Leah Tsinajinnie

Leah was introduced to ultimate frisbee in Atlanta at Georgia Tech in September 2008, with the UP-famous Ben Spears as her first coach. She began coaching in 2010 at the high school and college level. She coached the W.D. Mohammed High School Girls, a team uniquely comprised of young women that identify as African American Muslims (2013-2015). She also coached Grayson HS Boys (2010-2012) and Georgia Tech Wreck (2013-2014)....

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Lexi Garrity

Lexi Garrity

Ultimate has been an awesome experience for me in finding a community where I continually feel challenged and supported. I love the sense of team, growth, and purpose that comes from pursuing excellence on and off the field. One of the main appeals to me about ultimate, is how it brings people together that might not know each other otherwise. My teammates and the people I have met playing ultimate have become some of the greatest friends possible. We have gone on crazy adventures and played some...

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Lindsey Kappen

Lindsey Kappen

Lindsey has been playing ultimate since her sophomore year of college where she played for Michigan State University’s team Infamous. Upon graduation she took a job teaching science at a middle school in North Dallas. Since living in Texas, Lindsey has become more involved in the youth scene and has become a volunteer for youth leagues. In addition to promoting youth ultimate, Lindsey is passionate about spreading gender equity among all divisions. She has teamed up with the Dallas Roughnecks...

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Michael Van Ness

Michael Van Ness

Michael has been playing Ultimate since the Fall of 2005 when the Chemistry teacher at his High School, Dave Soles, and some of the upperclassmen would not stop throwing frisbees at him until he came to practice. He soon fell in love with the game and his knees have never been the same since. Michael played for YHB Ultimate (Now split between Yorktown and H-B Woodlawn) in Arlington, Virginia for four years in High School, and for the University of Pittsburgh from 2009-2013....

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Mike Nash

Mike Nash

Mike Nash has been involved in the ultimate community for almost 20 years. He first learned the sport as a summer camper at Duke in the summer of 1996 (go TiP!) and has found ways to stay active ever since. He began playing competitively in the fall of 1999 at Cornell University (Rock ’em buds!) and continued as a graduate student at Georgia Tech (go Tribe!). He went on to play competitive club ultimate in the Southeast, eventually captaining/coaching El Diablo to Nationals in 2008 (go chickens!)....

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Molly Sinnott

Molly Sinnott

Molly started playing ultimate in 2008 at Colorado College, where she co-captained the women’s team Lysistrata’s Tool’s to their first ever DI Nationals appearance. She loves playing club, league, pick-up and everything in between. Having been involved in ultimate in a number of different forms, she loves all things related to coaching, organizing, and team-dance choreography. Originally from Chicago, Molly now lives in Seattle and works as a college advisor for seniors in high school. This...

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Rena Clark

Rena Clark

Rena Clark lives and works in Health Care in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA. Started playing Ultimate Frisbee at the age of 25 while completing a Masters of Science Degree. My friend Mike F. in the laboratory talked very animatedly about 2 topics, how Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the best TV series ever and how Ultimate Frisbee is the best sport ever. Took him about a year to get me on board, but am very thankful he introduced me to both! Since that time I have become very involved with not only...

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Rowan Hess

Rowan Hess

While I have been playing Ultimate for the past 10 years, more importantly I always have a disc on me and love introducing people to the sport of Ultimate. When I’m not on the field playing you will likely find me climbing up a mountain, paddling a river or some other activity outside. I have played Ultimate in the United Arab Emirates, United States, Australia, and Hong Kong to name a few. If I’m not taking youth into the outdoors on a life changing trip in order to help them push...

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Seth Gleeson

Seth Gleeson

Seth is a social, engaging, joyful bundle of energy. His excitement to coach at Camp UP is unbridled! …fueled by his enthusiasm to make new friends, encourage Spirit of the Game, and refer to himself in the third person....

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Shadda Daburii

Shadda Daburii

Shadda Daburii is from an Arab town in Israel she is 18 years old.
She joined UP and started playing ultimate in 2012, she is finishing high school this year.
She played with the national team of Israel for two years
Gratuated from the CIT (coaches in training) program in 2015 to become a UP coach.
Now she is a leader in the LIT program,
And assistant coach in Tamra practices.
Ultimate and Ultimate Peace has changed her life in many good different ways.
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Steph Wong

Steph Wong

Steph started playing Ultimate Frisbee for Andover’s High school where she discovered a love for a sport that is fueled by high spirit and the simple joy of play. She continued to coach, captain, and play competitively through college and across the country. She has worked with both local and pro-ultimate leagues. Steph lives just north of Boston where she plays Ultimate, works as an Athletic Trainer/EMT, and encourages education and growth outside of classroom walls to the young and the...

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Stu Downs

Stu Downs

I have enjoyed the sport of ultimate since 1979 when I joined Dartmouth College’s nascent band of misfits. I was lit up quickly by the energy, ease and enjoyment of a game of ultimate. Furthermore, I fell in love with the model of spirit of the game and the amazing humans I witnessed upholding this spirit routinely in competition. What followed was 15 years of open division play for Atlanta’s Chain Lightning, a few years of Master’s fun, some coaching at the University of Georgia,...

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Caleb Seamon

Caleb Seamon

Caleb was born in Western Massachusetts in 1999 and has lived there ever since. He was exposed to frisbee by his older brothers who played when he was a toddler. A senior at Amherst High School, he has been playing ultimate competitively since Middle School. He was an LIT in 2016 and Lead LIT in 2017. Ultimate Peace has played an important role in his life and he is excited to continue learning and listening as coach.

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Calvin Brown

Calvin Brown

Calvin’s Ultimate career started in the early 21st century as the official mascot of the Atlanta AFDC team “Baby Calvin”. In his toddler years he moved to London to tour the European Ultimate scene and wowed the fans with his four finger flick, his sideline presence, and his adorable British accent. Moving to sunny California he played at the US youth championships in 2015 with Northern Cal’s Aftershock, taking 3rd in the under-16 boys division. He is currently captain of the Irvine Unicorns,...

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Daniel Landesman

Daniel Landesman

Some would say Daniel has been playing ultimate since before he was born. He was first introduced to the sport while in his mother’s stomach, and has been on the field ever since. Daniel attended UP camp in 2011 and really caught the ultimate bug. He has been playing pickup and in youth leagues since. As a freshman at LaCanada High School Daniel has helped to establish their team as one of the best in Southern California. Daniel has also tried to bring “Spirit of the Game” to...

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Henry Goldenberg

Henry Goldenberg

Henry was born in Chicago, IL, and has been throwing frisbees ever since. Henry grew up on an Ultimate Field – both his parents played for Chicago Ultimate teams, his dad with Windy City and his mom with Nemesis. His family moved to Madison when he was 3, and they continue to live there. He started playing competitively at West High School, and graduated in 2017 after captaining his team to two state championships. After a wonderful time as a LIT at camp, he is so excited to have been given...

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Jesse Zaslove

Jesse Zaslove

Jesse Zaslove lives in Seattle Washington, where she has recently graduated from University Prep. Following in the footsteps of her older brother, she got bit by the Ultimate bug in sixth grade, and has been playing ever since....

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Jonathan Toib

Jonathan Toib

Jonathan was born in Haifa, Israel in 1998. At the age of 5, he moved to Philadelphia. Most of his family still lives in Israel and he visits most summers. He started playing Ultimate in 9th grade for the Lower Merion Aces, and hasn’t stopped playing ever since. He’s also a big NBA fan (go Spurs!) and plays the saxophone. After hearing about Ultimate Peace at the National Ultimate Training Camp, Jonathan knew this was something he had to be a part of, bringing together his Israeli...

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Jordan Ciccarone

Jordan Ciccarone

Hey all! I’m Jordan Ciccarone and am a 17 year old senior at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. I lived in Pennsylvania for 7 years of my life with one parent from California and another from Pennsylvania. Ultimate has been my biggest passion since freshman year of high school when I tried playing on the school’s pick-up team. After a lot of changes I have helped to create a local club team for my town that now has solidified itself as a contender with all other teams in Illinois. Once...

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Matty McDaniel

Matty McDaniel

Matty is from Richmond, Virginia, which is also where his parents met while playing pick-up ultimate. He began playing himself in the spring of 2014 through Richmond Ultimate pick-up games and spring and summer leagues. He started practicing with Richmond Floodwall in 2015 and has continued ever since, while also playing for Team Israel U20 from 2015-2017. In the fall of 2016 he began attending Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he now captains the Alien Mountain Nomads....

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Maya Nir

Maya Nir

Maya Nir was born in San Francisco California to an American mother and Israeli father. After living in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada, she has lived in Arlington for the majority of her childhood. Maya has played for H-B Woodlawn Pandamonium, her high school’s varsity team since her freshman year. She is devoted to gender equity in Ultimate, and has worked with her team to promote equity at a youth level....

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Miranda Baltaxe

Miranda Baltaxe

Miranda “Battleaxe” Baltaxe is a born and raised Arlingtonian (VA, just outside of DC). She attends H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, a 6-12th grade public school where the only competitive sport played is Ultimate. She first picked up a disc in 7th grade and has been obsessed ever since, and now plays for H-B’s Varsity Girls team. She was an LIT for two years, and is excited to be a coach this year. She can’t wait to be back in our “oasis of peace”. She also looks forward to helping...

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Nick Chang

Nick Chang

Nick Chang was born in 1997 in Seattle, WA. He first played Ultimate in 7th grade and quickly fell in love with the sport. Nick played Ultimate with his middle school, and when he was a freshmen, he helped coach the middle school until the end of his sophomore year. After entering a boarding school for his junior year he created an Ultimate Frisbee team and coached/captained the team to a winning season and is continuing to coach/captain the team in his senior year.

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Oren Lieber-Kotz

Oren Lieber-Kotz

Oren is a student in the Class of 2021 at Carleton College in Minnesota, where he pays for the Gods of Plastic. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS in Maryland, after captaining the ultimate team there for two years. He’s also played on the DC YCC teams Deadrise and Swing Vote. The son of a kibbutznik, Oren has been connected to the Middle East his whole life and traveled there often with his family. He speaks Hebrew and studies Arabic. After hosting two Friendship Tours with the B-CC...

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Staff

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David Barkan

David Barkan - Camp Director

David lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He also volunteers year-round for Ultimate Peace, and is the Director of Camp UP in Acco Israel every summer.  David has led many Ultimate teams over the course of his thirty-year career to compete at the highest national and international levels of the sport.  He has coached youth Ultimate for over 30 years on 4 continents, won a world championship as a player in 1995, and was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2010....

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Karym Barhom

Karym Barhom - Camp Director

In 2009, Karym was introduced to Frisbee at Ultimate Peace’s first event in Tel Aviv. From 2007-2011, Karym studied and received his Bachelors of Arts in Informal Education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba. Karym’s extensive background in playing and coaching soccer was a natural fit for Ultimate. His work experience includes coaching many kids and young adults in Soccer, which he continues today. He also worked for five years as an Activities Director for Noar HaOved in Tel Aviv...

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Linda Sidorsky

Linda Sidorsky - UP CEO

Linda lives in rural western Massachusetts in the small town of Shelburne Falls. She is one of the co-founders of Ultimate Peace along with David Barkan and Dori Yaniv. As an unpaid volunteer she devotes her time and energy all year to Ultimate Peace as the organization’s COO. She is also the Director of Operations and oversees “Measurements...

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Josh Seamon

Josh Seamon - Camp Program Manager

Josh has been playing, coaching, and organizing Ultimate for more than 25 years. After playing in High School in Amherst, MA, where he was on the inaugural HS national championship team, he migrated west and played in Claremont, CA. Two months after graduating from Pomona College in ’02, Josh found himself teaching HS Math at St. Johnsbury Academy in the northern reaches of VT, far away from large groups of organized Ultimate....

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Meredith Tosta

Meredith Tosta - Co-Director of Programming

Meredith has spent many years actively involved in youth ultimate growing and managing youth education programs, overseeing the Junior Nationals teams, and coaching youth teams. Meredith’s playing career started in college at the University of California, San Diego and continued in Seattle and Denver over the past decade.

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Randi Glass

Randi Glass - Co-Director of Programming

I have never played Ultimate, but have been lucky to be surrounded by it through marriage for over 30 years! I joined UP in 2010 and am grateful to have been part of the Admin team since then. My daughter Dani has been to camp with me every year, and there are many more Glass family members who share in UP with us, always keeping that UP Glass half FULL!!

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Ben Spears

Ben Spears - Co-Director of Ultimate

Ben is from Atlanta, Georgia, and started learning about the Middle East in high school. He joined the ultimate team at George Washington University – the Hippos. Ben then began playing club ultimate for Chain Lightning in 2005 – won a national championship in 2009. He has coached youth, juniors, and college ultimate… meanwhile getting USAU certification in coaching and observing....

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Nancy Glass

Nancy Glass - Co-Director of Ultimate

An original member of the UP Team, Nancy started her Ultimate career in the early 80′s with Chicago’s Nemesis. She still lives in Chicago with her husband Mike, three children, two dogs and a fish. Nancy continues to play and coach both Ultimate and Hockey.
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Rachel Winner

Rachel Winner - Director of LITs

Rachel started playing ultimate in 2005 when she joined the Dickinson College Jive Turkeys as a freshman. She captained her senior year and dabbled in international play in Argentina, Brazil, China and Mexico. She played mid-level club in Tennessee and North Carolina and capped her competitive career with Cahoots from Asheville, NC before moving to the Middle East for a change of scenery. She joined UP in 2014 and has had a fantastic time working in a variety of the organization’s activities...

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Scott Graber

Scott Graber - Director of Residential Life

I’ve been playing and coaching Ultimate since middle school, when my cousins taught me to play. Bringing it back to Tenafly, NJ, I taught it to anyone who would listen, joined the the Tenafly High School Really Good Tigers and ended up captaining for 3 years. I then went to Carleton College and played for the Karls and the Gods of Plastic, which I captained my senior year. I also co-founded the Bergen County Ultimate Disc League in North Jersey in 2012 and I’ve played for Ultimars...

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Eric Rait

Eric Rait - Evaluations

Eric Rait was born and raised in the US and started playing ultimate in high school in the 1970s, when there were even fewer rules governing the game. He played for a couple years on the Tufts team and then moved to Israel, where he initially focused on growing tomatoes, cucumbers and dates at Kibbutz Lotan. The next time he tried to play ultimate was at Cornell in the early 1990s and the game had changed (so had he apparently) – fouls had specific names, and the game was a bit less laid back...

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Dan Tapuach

Dan Tapuach - Media Director

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
How long you have been playing frisbee: I’ve been playing Ultimate for 8 years.
With what community you work: Daburia, Kfar Tavor, Buena Nujidat, Tuba Zangaria
Brief history of playing experience: Playing ultimate since 2003. Have been playing in different club teams around Israel along the years, and some competitive ultimate in the States. In 2011 became a coach for the Israeli national youth teams and flew as a coach to EYUC 2011 in Poland....

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Adam Shimoni

Adam Shimoni - Dining Hall Coordinator

Born in Jerusalem, raised in the states. Returning and connecting with Israel throughout my life has always made me feel very connected with the Country and even more so with the People. Living in a country of Peace and feeling connected to a country of pain inspired me to want to bring people together from a young age. Began playing Ultimate in 2004 and falling in Love with the sport and the concept of Spirit of The Game. When I found out about Ultimate Peace and the AMAZING work it does to create...

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