The FlameThrowers support Gender Equity in Ultimate at all levels of the game

by / Monday, 04 April 2016 / Published in Uncategorized

While we are incredibly excited to compete in the AUDL, the players, staff, and management of the Flamethrowers recognize that the opportunity to play professional ultimate is not available to all. In particular, we acknowledge that the professional leagues’ focus on a predominantly male version of our sport exacerbates the existing gender inequities in ultimate.

In recognition of this fact, we join others around the league in committing to advocate for the growth of women’s and mixed ultimate, to showcase the extraordinary female talent in the club game, and to vocalize our support for women’s professional ultimate. We intend to honor these commitments in ways that are both visible and meaningful.

We additionally commit to providing financial support as well as advocacy to causes that reflect these values. Last year, the team donated to the All-Star Ultimate Tour, which showcased an incredible set of college women as they took on some of the best women’s club teams in the country. This year, our home opener will be preceded by a Women’s All-Star exhibition game, and our charity of choice for the game is the Women’s and Girls’ programs of the Bay Area Disc Association. Some members of the team have also committed to donating part or all of their season salaries to Girls’ Ultimate Movement, a “community-wide outreach program designed to increase girls’ participation in the sport of ultimate.” We encourage our fans to consider these groups in their charitable giving as well, and to show their support for Fury, Nightlock, and all of the fantastic women’s and mixed teams in the Bay Area.

Flame On!

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