Read on for a guest post from our friend Paul Thompson, an October 24 organizer and Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast!
Blend fast moving, body diving and high flying Ultimate Frisbee with 350′s message and put it between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial….what do you get? A lot of interested world tourists and top athletes learning about the importance of blending fitness, competition and awakening the planet to our collective future.
Founder of the event Tom Coffin, long-time disc player and organizer on the Washington DC scene wanted to showcase the excitement of an Ultimate Frisbee tournament on a grand stage at the first Washington DC Ultimate Championships July 18-19, 2009.
When Minnesota climate activist and Cool Planet’s founder Paul Thompson heard about this event he asked Tom if he would be interested in linking his love for the flying disc and the passion of Ultimate Frisbee players with Paul’s passion for Climate Change Action and building strong communities to transform our thinking about a sustainable future.
The results? Two days of hard played games and the winning team "Truck Stop" winning the First Annual Climate Prize, a $2,000 contribution towards a Peace Corps partnership project in the South Pacific Island Nation of Vanuatu that will provide solar electricity to help the islanders have evening lighting to work on income generating projects. Another small contribution to make a BIG difference in building self sufficiency in the developing world.
Check out all the action here! Thanks to Tom, Jolynn, the National Peace Corps Association, and all the Ultimate players for a wonderful event and more awareness about what 350 really means for our future. For more information on the NPCA visit this link and Frisbee Freely!!!