Malaysian Students go to an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
Organized by: Leslie Willis
In the southern Malaysian state of Johor, Ultimate Frisbee is no longer a sport one plays with his dog. Students of all races and ages are embracing the team sport which shares traits with the more familiar soccer, rugby, and netball. However, the opportunities to play outside of their own schools are limited.
Three Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in the state of Johor are organizing a one-day tournament to bring together students from five different secondary schools throughout the state. Many of these students had never touched a disc before this year, and for several, this will be their very first tournament. For the rest, it's only their second.
Although football (soccer), badminton, and netball still dominate the sports scene in Malaysia, the number of people playing Ultimate Frisbee is quickly expanding. Unfortunately, however, the majority of tournaments are restricted to the larger cities, making it difficult for players from small towns and remote areas to join and develop their skills. Thus, we are taking the sport to the students, teaching them how to play at a younger age in hopes of instilling in them a love of the game and improving the overall level of competition in Malaysia.
These students have embraced the sport and the “Spirit of the Game,” as they value good sportsmanship and fair play above all else. Not only will participating in this tournament provide the opportunity to improve their Ultimate skills, it will also increase the students’ confidence in speaking English while they compete in a friendly environment with students from other schools.
Funds raised will go toward providing transportation, food, water, and awards for the students.
$10 covers transportation for one student
$2 covers food and water for one student
$3 covers medals and prizes for one participant
Thus, a donation of US$15 will send one additional student to this tournament.