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Ultimate experience

Dear Editor:

The inaugural Rocky Mountain High Ultimate Tournament took place on July 28 in Aspen. Combining the nonstop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two seven-player squads on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone.

Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. Everyone who participated in this tournament exemplified that spirit during play. Thirty people came out to this all-day event, some coming from as far away as Florida and Nebraska to enjoy the spectacular city of Aspen. Games were played on the fabulous new artificial-turf fields at the Aspen Recreation Center.

This event was a great success, and we would like to acknowledge some of the people and businesses that made it possible. Our generous sponsors, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and ESC, provided us with the essential financial support needed for this athletic competition to take place. We are extremely grateful for their generosity.

Boden’s Butter provided the players with delicious pastries, muffins and scones. The Aspen Parks and Recreation Department provided the fields and logistical support to make this a memorable tournament. Keith Bulicz, recreation supervisor, deserves special thanks for helping for months and giving up an entire Saturday to ensure the Rocky Mountain High Ultimate Tournament was the best it could be.

The Big Wrap went out of its way so that all of the players could enjoy a lunch of delectable wraps at an affordable price. We also would like to thank Hunter Bar for hosting our after-tournament party. Additionally, Views of Venus gave us a reason to dance and kept the party shaking until it was time to go home.

Everyone enjoyed themselves in our beautiful town, and we hope to make this an annual event. Ultimate Frisbee games will continue to take place every Tuesday evening at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. If you would like more information, you may join us on Tuesdays or go to http://www.elkmountaintribe.com.

Elk Mountain Tribe

Rocky Mountain High Tournament Committee:

Mike Chapman, Jennifer Dolecki-Smith, Shawn Gerum, Liz O’Connell, Dan Perl and Rachel Schmidt

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