Summer 2017 Highlights
Geyler is 9 years old and has been part of Ultimate Impact for a year. Geyler comes from the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco and has been very active in the program. Geyler, who’s small for his age, gets off the bus and comes running directly across the field every week wearing a huge backpack calling for a “huck” (long throw), which he catches most of the time even though it’s coming in fast from 50 yards.
Geyler loves ultimate but hasn't always had the best attitude. He learned how to throw and catch quickly but just 6 months ago he couldn’t make it through a drill, let alone a scrimmage, without losing his temper and sulking off the field. We’ve worked with Geyler week after week on his behavior and “spirit” and within the past month we’ve seen him start to turn the corner. Instead of spending 50% of his time pouting on the sideline and causing problems for the other kids, he high fives his teammates after points. We’re really proud of him. Geyler has a lot of challenges ahead of him but he’s resilient and I’m proud that we’re helping teach him the social emotional skills he’ll need in sports, school, and life.
Izzy, one of the Junior Coaches, had the project of filming, editing and creating this video of our summer program. Creating the video was his "skills-building" project in addition to being an assistant coach. Please note that he did this all on his own on Adobe Premiere Pro and for a 14-year old that's never done this before (filmed nor edited), I think that he did a great job!
Through a partnership with the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program, Ultimate Impact hired Junior Coaches (13 and 14 years old) over the summer to help lead training sessions, provide mentorship to younger program participants, and work on skills-based projects such as Izzy’s video above. As part of their experience, Ultimate Impact took the group on tours of Twitter, Facebook/Instagram, and Google Robotics. They're already excited to come back and help next summer!
We took an Ultimate Impact team to adult NorCal Sectionals in Davis on October 9th and 10th. The team was a combination of youth from the program plus friends. For the youth (12, 13, and 14 years old), it was an amazing experience and they learned so much in two short days. It was awesome seeing them with smiles on their faces on and off the field. Izzy, one of the youth, wrote about his experience.
Ultimate Impact took a group of program participants to Bay Area Disc's SF youth camp for 5 days of ultimate. It was great to see our kids joking around, having fun, and making new friends from around the city.
Other Highlights and What's Next
- Established new partnerships at three new schools (George Washington Carver Elementary School, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School, Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School) to launch pilots in the next 4 months.
- Launched first-ever monthly youth pickup ultimate game in Bayview-Hunters Point and plan to build it into a community event for youth, parents, and program partners.
- Ongoing weekly trainings at four schools with expanded partnerships at each location.
- Launching the first school-based team at Visitacion Valley Middle School.
- Partnering with Talent Search Program to coordinate university trips to Stanford in December and Berkeley in the spring for program participants with a focus on both academics and ultimate.
- Coordinating team for Ultimate Impact's participation in our third youth tournament on November 12th.
- Increased base of support to 145 donors and working hard to fundraise for expansion in early 2018!