Ever since I heard that Ultimate was an actual sport and not just a backyard thing I wanted to be a part of it. I was willing to quit my high school soccer team if an ultimate team had existed at the time. Unfortunately, one was never created, so I played soccer all the way through high school. After graduation I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where I learned about physical toughness and endurance, the importance of working as a team, and the overwhelming determination to always win. (Because after all, if I don’t win there I don’t come home.)
After enlisting in the Marines and completing a two-year mission for the LDS church, I wanted to start playing ultimate at a higher level, so I looked online and found a pick-up group that played in the afternoon Monday through Thursday. I can’t give those guys enough credit for how much they have impacted my game! A couple months later I learned that BYU had an organized team and I knew right then that I wanted to be a part of it. I went to one of the 2016 season showcase games against Utah State and enjoyed it so much I brought about a dozen friends to the University of Utah showcase game a week later! I started messaging the Facebook page and found out when workouts and practices were. I started driving down to Provo from Salt Lake three to four times a week for track workouts, throwing drills, full-field practices, and 3 v 3 games. I did that for 6 months. That’s what makes me tick; if I want something, I’m going to work my body to the bone to go get it. In the end, it was totally worth it.
BYU CHI ultimate has no comparison when it comes to comradery. The guys welcomed me and helped me with no questions asked. They are extremely competitive and have a strong drive to be the best, but they understand the importance of building people up. I look forward to practice and playing with these guys who bring out the best in me. I just want to be the best I can be for the team!
Coming from the military to CHI has been great. They both complement each other in so many ways. BYU CHI keeps me physically fit while away from base, and the Marines keeps me motivated to be the best in whatever I’m doing. They are polar opposites in the way they go about things but I love them both! I couldn’t imagine one without the other.
I believe that we all must pay a price for who we are and what we want to become. Part of my price was to travel an hour one way to go to CHI training events in the fall, but these are the experiences that we will remember. These are what matter in the end.