Late into freshman year, on one of the glorious days when Celia didn’t have soccer practice, she tagged along with her older brother to his ultimate practice. Two short months later, her 10-year long soccer career became a distant memory and ultimate became her main priority. She began to compete regularly with her high school’s team, Bethesda-Chevy Chase in Bethesda, Maryland, which is three-year-reigning state champions. She then went on to play on the greater D.C. area’s first-ever Youth Club Championship girl’s team in the summer of 2016 and is playing the summer of 2017 with the two-year-reigning national champion mixed club team, D.C. Swing Vote. Though she was nervous to quit soccer so soon after taking up ultimate, she has never looked back.
Celia feels strongly tied to Israel, having visited with family and later spending a semester of junior year abroad outside of Jerusalem and is thrilled to go back to participate in camp this summer. She became enamored with Ultimate Peace when her high school team hosted LITs on the Friendship Tour for two years in a row, inspired by their commitment to breaking down stigmas. She feels so honored to be a part of the Leader in Training program and is excited to combine her passion for children and social justice with her absolute love of ultimate.
Celia is excited to finish her final season of high school ultimate before going on to play on the girls team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.