After placing 2nd at the DIII College Championships in Appleton, the Puget Sound Postmen are now leading a camp for high school students called Puget Sound Ultimate Camp. We sat down with camp directors Céad Nardie-Warner, Christian Brink and Kevin Chambers to talk about what they have planned for this summer.
Skyd Magazine: Tell us a little about starting the Puget Sound Ultimate Camp. What was the goal? How did you make it happen?
Christian, Kevin & Céad: The camp got started because we wanted to give back to the ultimate programs at the University of Puget Sound and to grow ultimate in Tacoma. That’s why all the money we make from the camp will go directly to the Puget men’s and women’s teams. We hope this camp will become a yearly fundraiser for Puget Sound that also promotes youth ultimate in Tacoma. We have big plans for expanding in future years if it goes well in 2012. We know it’s a tall order, but we think we can knock it out of the park.
Tell us a bit about the camp program itself. What are some of the focuses going to be? What is the day-to-day?
Christian, Kevin & Céad: This camp is as much about having fun as it is about learning ultimate. We have a schedule of events that you can check out here, but we are most excited about the round robin tournament on Sunday, the trick shots scavenger hunt and of course all of the field games! Christian also works at Five Ultimate, so there will also be plenty free gear to win for sick plays and excellent shows of spirit.
We heard you have a special announcement. Care to divulge the particulars?
Christian, Kevin & Céad: We will be screening CHASING SARASOTA at the Postmen Ultimate Camp!! We just finalized the rights with Matt Mastrantuono yesterday and we cannot wait to show the film. This is the only screening scheduled in Washington right now, and it’s only the fourth time the film will be screened in the entire world! We can’t thank Matt enough for working with us on this. It is going to be awesome!
What level of experience should campers have prior to participating in the Postmen Ultimate Camp?
Christian, Kevin & Céad: Anyone boy or girl who is high school age (14-18) is welcome. There is no previous experience necessary. Most college players at Puget Sound started playing at college, and all players can learn something new!
Tell us about your coaches.
Christian, Kevin & Céad: Alumni and current players from the men’s and women’s team will be volunteering their time as coaches. Some of the alumni play elite ultimate in Seattle and will be able to bring their knowledge and experience to the camp. All of the coaches are highly spirited players with years of ultimate experience.
What else should people know about the Postmen Ultimate camp?
Christian, Kevin & Céad: They should know that this camp will be a blast. The coaches are awesome, the University of Puget Sound is a beautiful venue, and we have tons of exciting activities planned!