What is Ann Arbor Ultimate?

Ann Arbor Ultimate (or A2Ultimate, or A2U) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to growing the ultimate community in Ann Arbor, MI. Also known as Ann Arbor Ultimate Summer League, the organization was formed in the summer of 1994. The first summer league featured a handful of teams playing all games on one field at Lakewood Elementary School.

Since those humble beginnings, Ann Arbor Ultimate has grown steadily, adding more players and teams. In 2016, we had over 600 unique individuals spread out over 87 teams across all of our leagues and divisions. Among the priorities of the organization are spirited play and participation by all. New and experienced players play alongside each other with common goals of learning the sport, socializing, and above all else, having fun.

At the top of the Ann Arbor Ultimate organization sit the board of directors. These 5 directors are charged with shaping the league and providing direction. Other volunteers help the league by serving as treasurer, running the captain's committee, or by organizing tournaments and clinics. And last but not least, we lean heavily on our league captains to help make games and teams run smoothly. Ann Arbor Ultimate could not function without these volunteers, and we are very grateful for each and every one.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers or fresh ideas, so please let us know if you would like to help.

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Who Are We?

As previously stated, Ann Arbor Ultimate is an all-volunteer organization. We simply could not function without the support of all involved whether they are a player, a captain, or a volunteer on one of our committees.

Board of Directors

At the top of the organization, the Board of Directors oversees the financial health and long-term planning of Ann Arbor Ultimate by coordinating leagues, events, and budgets. The board is composed of 5 people and meets throughout the year. You can get in touch by sending a message to directors@annarborultimate.org.

Ryan Donnelly

Ryan, a software developer by trade, started playing ultimate in 2008 in the Ann Arbor Ultimate Summer League. He began his club career in 2012 as a member of the mixed team Sidecar!. Since then, he has captained two mixed club teams, Handlebar and Pile-Up, and has played in the open division with Spoiler and Mango Tree. He was appointed to the Ann Arbor Ultimate Board of Directors in 2013 and also serves as the web designer, developer and admin.

Jason Ganiatsas

Jason has been playing ultimate for 16 years. He played 5 years of college ultimate at Eastern Michigan University and a few years of mixed club for a few different teams. He now enjoys league and traveling to less competitive tournaments. When not playing ultimate Jason enjoys playing ice hockey, board games, hiking and putting sour cream on almost anything. He has served on the Ann Arbor Ultimate Board of Directors since 2015.

Scott Hetu

Scott started playing ultimate while enrolled at Grand Valley State University. He was home for the summer and was looking for more ultimate to play and stumbled upon Ann Arbor Ultimate. Since then he has played in almost every league and is always looking for pick-up. After that first summer, he has played club every year and has never been on the same team more than once. He was appointed to the Ann Arbor Ultimate Board of Directors in 2014 and also serves as the fields coordinator.

Jordan Rose-Figura

Jordan has played pick-up and intramurals for long enough to pick up some really bad habits. She is a biochemist by training and currently works in R&D for Swift Biosciences. Jordan is also a captain for Autonomous, a new Ann Arbor/Detroit women's club team. An inaugural season member of Brooklyn Book Club in NYC, which she played for two years, she has experience as a commissioner and board member of Manhattan Ultimate Disc (MUD). She has played league in BADA, MUD, PADA, and Ann Arbor Ultimate. She has captained more league teams than she cares to admit and is currently trying to teach her 2-year-old to throw anything other than a scoober. Coaching the infant starts soon. She is a recent addition (2017) to the Ann Arbor Ultimate Board of Directors.

Kelli Smith

Kelli started playing ultimate with Ann Arbor Ultimate in the spring of 2012 and has played almost continuously since. She has played one season of club with Pile-Up and recently captained a mixed team, Rocket Lawnchair, to regionals. While the fact that she is a lefty seems like it should be an advantage, she is still working on her flick...you may just want to cut to her backhand. As a graduate student in musicology, she spends most of her non-ultimate time reading, writing, and panicking over deadlines while double-fisting pints of Ben and Jerry's. She was appointed to the Ann Arbor Ultimate Board of Directors in 2015.

Last Updated: October 19th, 2017