My name is Rodger. In the summer of 2001, I played in my first ultimate tournament and I was hooked. I was afforded the opportunity to pursue my passion for ultimate in college at Ohio State and in the Columbus community. I was able to meet great friends from rival schools and teams, in summer league and on the club circuit. With lots of help, we began hosting tournaments. We started small mostly to help recruit for our college team. We grew this tournament into OSUs Fall Brawl. Along the way, we started to host other tournaments—sectionals, regionals, and the College Championships in 2006, 2007, and 2009. It was during that first College Championship that I first dreamt about having our own fields.
We made a contract with the local Recreation and Parks department to host the College Championships in the Fall of 2004. We received the bid in 2005, and started planning the tournament. In March of 2006, we almost lost our fields because a soccer group wanted the weekend. It is simple business. We wanted to host one tournament, the soccer group hosted tournaments every weekend from April through July. Eventually, it was sorted out and our contract stood; but, the sleepless nights led us down this path.
When the Presidents Day Tournament got stuck with a huge bill for playing on wet fields, and as tournaments are cancelled each year due to rain…I knew our community needed reliable fields. It’d be great if USAUltimate could afford to build these complexes. There are probably a hundred reasons why this doesn’t work. Somewhere at the top of the list is the sheer cost of maintaining the fields at an acceptable level.
But, we believe that the ultimate community is ready for a field of our own. With your support, we can develop a premier field complex. We can have a place that is designed by ultimate players, for ultimate players, and cared for by ultimate players.