2019 Roster


Why do you want to play for Red? I’m excited to get high level reps with an awesome group womxn! I was particularly impressed with how focused and positive everyone was at the tryouts, and I can’t wait to get to work with this team!

What does (gender) equity mean to you? For me, gender equity in sport has been a focus since I was fourteen and gave a speech to my middle school about it. Gender equity means we need better pay, more exposure, and better attitudes towards womxn’s sports. It means that we SHOULD be angry when it’s not fair. It means that a WNBA player coaching for an NBA team should make as much money as any other coach , and that she shouldn’t need to either coach or play overseas to make a living. In ultimate, it means making a concerted effort now to avoid watching the sport rise in popularity in a way that leaves womxn behind once again, which is why I’m very excited to be a part of the first season of the PUL!


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to play for Indy Red because as a young female player the opportunities to play fun and competitive ultimate can be limited. Indy Red is such an amazing program where I can develop myself as a player and as a teammate alongside great peers and role models. Having the privilege of playing with such great talent is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

What does (gender) equity mean to you?r Gender Equity means having equal opportunities for all. Giving all players no matter gender, race, or age the opportunity to show their abilities and love for Ultimate.


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to play for Indy Red for myself and compete at the highest level that I can. I want to play for Indy Red for my H.S girls so that they can see representations of themselves in a professional setting. I want to play for Indy Red for the sport of Ultimate so that we can broaden our visibility and reach.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? As a female-identifying person of color, equity to me has always been about access. It’s about tearing down the walls of the narrative that white, male bodies are the the most desired and most powerful. It’s about re-framing our definition of who belongs in this space so that it’s not by default, the privileged and the educated. It’s about creating entirely new spaces – when previous ones didn’t exist – that are truly inclusive and authentic.


Why do you want to play for Red? The athletes on this team all have dedicated time and hard work to not only growing as players, but growing the ultimate community and being role models and inspirations for other athletes.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Gender Equity is striving towards equal opportunity for both Men and Women as well as Boys and Girls. The PUL is a huge opportunity for womxn to showcase not only their talent but to show other athletes that Ultimate is an inclusive sport. Come join us!


Why do you want to play for Red? I completely believe in the mission of the Premier Ultimate League and the vision of Indy Red. Getting to play for Indy Red allows me to be apart of this amazing movement and also compete at a whole new level with great teammates. The spirit of ultimate is what made me fall in love with it, and I believe this league fully embodies this spirit of integrity, inclusiveness, and community.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Gender equity means that everyone has the same opportunities available to them no matter how they identify and whether or not they have a Y chromosome. Womxn belong in athletics and should have platforms available to showcase their talent at the highest level.


Why do you want to play for Red? Being Cincinnati based, I am thrilled to play with a wider net of talented women from across the Midwest. Also, on a personal level, I am proud to add Professional Ultimate Frisbee player to my Ultimate resume. Finally, I am excited to play in front of a stadium of fans, and will hopefully be an inspiration to younger fans in the crowd.

What does (gender) equity mean to you?Gender equity to me is understanding that everyone has different needs, wants, and motivations, and that doing things one way doesn’t work for everyone. I am grateful to the early female pioneers who showed that women want to be athletes too, and have allowed me to become a professional female athlete today. I am also hopeful that our world is becoming more understanding that having a diverse perspective will make our community stronger.


Why do you want to play for Red?I want to play for Indy Red because it is an incredible opportunity for womxn that I COULD NOT let pass me by.

What does (gender) equity mean to you?In plain, opportunity and representation. But, in practice, gender equity means empathy before sympathy. It means reaching across any divide in society, working to understand the experiences of others, and striving to correct the imbalances you discovered.


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to push the competitive limits for myself and women in our area, and I want to bring visibility to womxn athletes in general. Indy Red specifically is drawing from a truly amazing community that helped lay the groundwork for the whole league last year, and managed to uplift individuals while doing so. I enjoyed competing with players I’ve only ever competed against in the past, and the way everyone was aiming for the same goal: Play hard and demonstrate spirit of the game for ourselves and our opponents and our fans.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? It means that women’s sports and men’s sports get equal chance to be lifted up as worthy activities. There’s no “normal sport” and “women’s sport” implied in the names of the leagues. Womxn athletes aren’t derided as slow, and male athletes aren’t derided as graceless. The pursuit of competitive excellence is valued for its own sake regardless of the gender of the participants.


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to play for Indy Red because this a team that brings people together and an opportunity to reach a wider audience to this great sport. I can learn and grow as a player by being on this team.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Gender equity means equal treatment and equal representation. Men and women should be represented the same in a safe and inclusive way.


Why do you want to play for Red? Indy Red provides some of the best competition for players, which is less concentrated in Indiana than in other huge ultimate hubs. Beyond that, Red is part of something so impactful and meaningful that I couldn’t let the opportunity go past without trying out. Giving young girls (and boys) the chance to see more strong athletes who happen to be female helps to continue breaking down the negative stigma of women in sports.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Gender equity means that women get the same amount of respect, opportunities, resources, and visibility as men in all facets of life. Breaking down the stigmas of what women can and can’t do, how their emotions and reactions are perceived, etc. are so important to tackle. Continuing to give young girls strong role models and a vision for what they can be when they grow up is one way to eventually reach true equity.


Why do you want to play for Red? It is an amazing opportunity to play high level ultimate with so many talented and fun womxn.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? I’m not great with words, but this new Serena Williams commercialpretty much sums up how I feel about gender equity.


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to be a role model to other girls and womxn. Especially in IN/OH there are not a lot of womxn players who present as masculine of center (or as queer) as I do. Growing up I never saw any athlete who looked/acted the way that I wanted to, and it is so important to me to have the possibility to give back to the ultimate community in that way.

What does (gender) equity mean to you?The more I play and the more I continue to learn about gender topics, the more I realize how biased our sport is towards including and promoting men. It has been my experience that any time womxn athletes are not bolstered, they are “accidentally” left out of activities or planning. But when womxn are given resources that utilize our strengths, we thrive. We lift each other up rather than trying to be individually the best. (gender, socioeconomic, racial, etc) Equity is about learning to overcome those systemic inequalities together.


Why do you want to play for Red? This team represents a lot of opportunities — to play with some of the best women in the region and against some of the top talent in the US and abroad.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Providing the same opportunities to anyone who wants to play ultimate.


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to play for Indy Red because I want to be a part of this effort to change the narrative around women in sports seeming to be less valued and supported than their male counterparts. Besides, I love playing and it’s an honor to share the field with such talented athletes.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? It means that all people should have the ability to pursue equal opportunities and that success should be made proportional to hard work, rather than based on historical or cultural privileges.


Why do you want to play for Red? Having the chance to participate in the first year of a womxn’s professional league is huge. The opportunity to be a part of the movement to show what womxn can do in this sport and see how far we can go is a chance I would never pass up. Plus, I get to play with and against some amazing people!

What does (gender) equity mean to you? To me, equity means that your ability, and that alone, should determine how successful you can be. It means trying to get rid of barriers that are only there for some groups of people and not others.


Why do you want to play for Red? I think this is a great opportunity to play with numerous talented and competitive womxn while competing against other teams with a high skill level and competitive nature.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Acceptance for all individuals with equal treatment to allow opportunities for anyone to achieve their goals.


Why do you want to play for Red? I love playing women’s ultimate, and want to compete at the highest level! It’s exciting to be part of a new movement like the PUL, and I want to help pave the way forward for young female athletes in ultimate.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? The ability to compete at a professional level, and be recognized as an athlete, regardless of gender.


Why do you want to play for Red? Through playing club with Steamboat, I got to know some of the women that played for Indy Red last year. It seemed like too good of an opportunity not to go after – to play women’s again with awesome people, without leaving my mixed club team.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial. Practically, it’s more complicated than that, but I believe playing in and supporting PUL is a step in the right direction.


Why do you want to play for Red? The women on this team are absolutely amazing and truly inspirational. Having the opportunity to play with all of these women is super exciting.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? A picture is worth 1000 words, right?


Why do you want to play for Red? I want to play for Indy Red because it is an honor to be participating in the first womxn’s professional league designed to support and encourage equal pay, play, and media coverage for all athletes. The level of competition is inspiring, motivating, and impressive, and it is truly a privilege to have access to an experience like this. Playing for Indy Red is one of the greatest opportunities I will have as a womxn ultimate player, because the dream of being a professional athlete is finally coming true. This league is paving the way for young athlete’s ambitions. We get to show young people all over the world that you can go pro in the sport you have shed blood, sweat, and tears for. It is worth the grind because there is something to fight for. “We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, ‘What can I do and what do I want to be when I get older?’ She has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants.” — Abby Wambach

What does (gender) equity mean to you? To me, gender equity means that men and womxn should be given the same opportunities to succeed despite their differences. Those opportunities may differ based on each individual’s starting point as well as access to equal ending points. That could mean providing funding or more resources to womxn athletes to allow them to participate in the same sport. That funding allows for an equal starting point as their male counterparts. It could also mean creating a league that provides the same opportunity for womxn as their male counterparts to reach the highest level of the sport available. The main goal is to provide access to high levels of play, and provide resources and funding to allow them to get there.



Why do you want to play for Red? It is a great opportunity to play with and against quality athletes.

How were you first introduced to ultimate? People were playing at Freshman Orientation. I went up for a 50/50 disc and was sent to the hospital for stitches.


Why do you want to play for Red? Through Indy Red, I want to help inspire the next generation of womxn, and provide them with the same resources that got me here. In particular, I want to show young womxn that they don’t have to choose between academics and athletics. I’m currently studying Honors Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, completing Undergraduate Research in the MTEC lab, acting as President of Purdue Women’s Ultimate, and playing for Indy Red.
But, I wasn’t able to do this overnight. In high school I was primarily focused on academics and robotics, and ultimate was just a post-robotics spring and summer sport. I was by no means an athlete in high school, and I had no idea how to manage my injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, until the summer after graduation. I was also lost whenever I went to the gym until I started an ultimate-specific training program. Even in college the freshman 15 hit me hard, then I got a concussion and mono during my sophomore year.
Considering all this, you may be wondering how in the world I got on to Indy Red. In high school, I focused on throwing. Once I got to college, I continued to be a handler. But, when I played club and league ultimate in Indy last summer, I volunteered to fill in as a cutter. I worked out nearly every day, sometimes before and after work. I was determined to be the most reliable teammate, and I finally had the resources available to make it happen.
You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to, as long as you have the right resources and mindset. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Dream big, keep learning, and seek out mentors and resources.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? To me, equity is about acknowledging past and current inequalities and actively trying to remedy them. Specifically relating to gender equity, we have to acknowledge that there are gender stereotypes that can prevent both men and womxn from pursuing their dreams. For example, men are dissuaded from choosing “feminine” career paths such as nursing, and womxn have a more difficult time entering male-dominated fields such as engineering. Gender equity is about breaking down harmful stereotypes and increasing diversity within every field.Fo To me, equity is about acknowledging past and current inequalities and actively trying to remedy them. Specifically relating to gender equity, we have to acknowledge that there are gender stereotypes that can prevent both men and womxn from pursuing their dreams. For example, men are dissuaded from choosing “feminine” career paths such as nursing, and womxn have a more difficult time entering male-dominated fields such as engineering. Gender equity is about breaking down harmful stereotypes and increasing diversity within every field.


Why do you want to play for Red? To play with and against new athletes, learn new things, and create new opportunities.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Being provided the same opportunities with no regard to how you identify.


Why do you want to play for Red? I wanted to play for Indy Red, because I wanted to be part of a team of strong athletes that work hard, and promote equal opportunity for all players.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Gender equity means giving everyone equal opportunity to participate. All people should be promoted to show the best version of themselves.


Why do you want to play for Red? To play my favorite sport with these fierce amazing womxn while also engaging the community from a pro stage about ultimate and focus on promoting and encouraging more people, especially youth, to play.

What does (gender) equity mean to you? Equal opportunities for all genders to play and lead to create a fair atmosphere to enjoy the game of ultimate.