Did you know female players make up only 25% of the total youth currently playing ultimate?
The Girls’ Ultimate Movement (GUM) is a community-wide outreach program designed to increase girls’ participation in the sport of ultimate. Players, coaches, administrators and parents across the US are thrilled to be participating in GUM. As an explosive team sport that emphasizes character and leadership skills, ultimate is the NEXT big sport for girls.
The Girls’ Ultimate Movement focuses on creating opportunities for youth and high school aged girls to participate in sports, lead with their peers, and celebrate the beauty of sport with their opponents. Through the Girls’ Ultimate Movement, USA Ultimate is collaborating with some of the nation’s most passionate and dedicated leaders to generate new and innovative ideas for programming, infrastructure, and policy that will facilitate development of the girls’ division!
GUM FIVE ULTIMATE PRIORITIES
1. Commit to developing enhanced media resources for the girls’ division and opportunities for girls and women to connect in an online community.
2. Pilot one new girls’ focused program each year from 2015 to 2019.
3. Develop a girls’ ultimate curriculum that can be marketed to national Youth Sport Organizations.
4. Pilot and implement a national GUM volunteer structure.
5. Analyze data, identify best practice and establish USA Ultimate standards on gender in youth ultimate.
The GUM Team
Wakeman Boys and Girls Club
GUM was co-founded by Zara Cadoux, Heather Ann Brauer, and Mike Lovinguth in 2014. It was a true labor of love and they are inspired by the energy behind the movement. All three have transitioned away from their GUM roles and are doing exciting things for girls and sport elsewhere. Zara is now a founding member of the Central Maryland Ultimate Association Board of Directors and working on social change initiatives (such as 28 Days of Food, Frisbee, and Feminism), Heather Ann is the Elite Athlete representative on the USA Ultimate Board of Directors and actively involved in resource creation to support coaching and leadership of girls in the sport, and Mike is now at USA Rugby and the coach of the Colorado women’s team Small Batch. Look above to contact the awesome staff and volunteers at the helm of GUM!”
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. To learn more, visit http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/