I started my frisbee Instagram account (@jamieplaysfrisbee) the spring semester of my junior year. My good friend Christian, who is on the UTD men’s ultimate team, had decided to make a @christianplaysfrisbee account to hold himself accountable to working out and throwing. He was the one who came up with the idea. After a while it inspired me to make one too, not only to hold myself accountable but because I also had dreams of creating a platform of visibility for young girls getting into sports, specifically ultimate. Everyone says you can’t be what you can’t see, and I wanted to be able to share my journey and motivations with other people. My sort of secret wish is that my account might eventually reach and inspire young girls who are discovering their love for ultimate frisbee or sports and give them something they can see and relate to. I really don’t know if that will ever end up being accomplished, but I figure even if I can inspire one person to pursue what they love, just as others have inspired me, then that is already a huge success.
I have had a few people reach out to me through the account. It’s really fulfilling to know that it has encouraged and motivated some people, and I really hope that it can continue to do so. I think being able to inspire people is one of the bigger assets of social media.
What has your experience been with captaining a college team?
I’ve talked a lot about my own playing experience so far, but my other big love is definitely for my college team. I am now in my third year of captaining and the growth the program has had consistently astounds me. Ultimate frisbee has given me so much, and I want that same opportunity to be present for other women as well. Building a college women’s ultimate program is such a great way for creating those opportunities.
I’ve always wanted to help build the UTD Monstars into a successful, inclusive, and lasting program. Our team was pretty new when I first joined, maybe just 1 or 2 years old, so I think I really lucked out with the unique experience of being able to help build something that wasn’t extremely established. Our team made it to college Regionals for the first time this past spring season and it is one of my most cherished moments. I cried my eyes out when we won the game to go to Regionals that year. A lot of teams might not think much of making it to Regionals, but I knew how far our team had come and was incredibly proud and happy. Captaining has had its ups and downs, it can be a tough job, but every year it seems like the team falls more and more in love with ultimate frisbee and that it the best feeling in the world.