I love ultimate. I’ve been acquainted with it since I started playing sports. I grew up in Folsom, California (which is a fantastic place by the way) where there is a pretty strong, developing ultimate scene. When I was a kid, I played with my dad and his friends. They called ultimate the “purest sport.” Obviously I couldn’t compete very well as an eight year old, but they helped me learn to love the game. As I grew older I kept attending pick-up every week. No matter what else was going on, I made sure to be there Tuesday nights. They still play under the lights out by the Sacramento LDS Temple every week, and whenever I’m in town I make sure to go.
Now, I absolutely love sports. I love to compete. All through high school I was a part of the very successful Folsom High School football program. I felt that football taught me so many things: how to perform successfully under pressure, how to deal with nervous excitement, and how to compete with others in a positive way. After graduating, I thought my sports days—aside from intramurals and pick-up—were over. I had one of those premature mid-life crisis attacks. I wasn’t ready to be done. I felt like there was so much more in me that could only be expressed through athletic competition. So, when I found out that BYU has an Ultimate Frisbee team, I was ecstatic. That’s not to say becoming a part of CHI was easy—I really struggled when I started playing, but CHI gave me a team and an athletic outlet again. Really it was the team culture that drew me in because it resembled what I got in high school. I love how hard my teammates work and the vision that the team leaders have to one of the best in the nation. CHI is a quality program and I knew I would be OK dedicating a huge chunk of my life to it.
That commitment has really paid off. I am so excited for this upcoming season. We have an incredible team this year. We are so deep! There are just so many great players on this team. I love going to practice and knowing that I have to push myself on every point because if I don’t, someone is going to beat me. And I am so impressed by the humility of the guys on our team. They all just want to work hard, be better, and win games. We have the toughest schedule in the history of this program in front of us this year and I want to win. We’ve made a lot of improvements from last year but it doesn’t matter unless we can convert that work into wins on the field.
So here’s my advice to anyone reading this: Be a fan of BYU CHI ultimate. Come check it out. You will not regret coming to our FREE home games to watch an incredible program play the purest sport. After our stadium home game last season all I heard from family and friends was, “I don’t know why I haven’t known about this before. That was awesome!” And you know what? They’re right. CHI ultimate is awesome. Come see for yourself.
 Fellow CHI teammates Ben Hodson, Ben Olpin and Wyatt Nethercott were always there too!
 They win ALL the time. I’m so proud of that program. Check them out here! http://www.folsombulldogfootball.com/
 Just because I played pick-up all the time doesn’t mean I was any good. I couldn’t throw a forehand more than ten feet without sending it straight into the ground. I also didn’t know how to go anywhere on the field except deep (I’m still trying to figure this one out…).