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About

ALTITUDE ULTIMATE MISSION STATEMENT

Altitude Ultimate (Altitude) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to developing athletes and promoting participation in Ultimate frisbee teams, leagues, tournaments, camps, and clinics across the Front Range, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain West.

With a commitment to equitable access and spirited play, Altitude aims to foster opportunities to participate in all levels of competition; provide a clearinghouse of resources for coaches, players, parents, and fans; and serve as a stable, sustainable organization that grows and strengthens the ultimate community in the region.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION STATEMENTS

AYU’S VISION FOR EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION 

Altitude Youth Ultimate (AYU) seeks to create a welcoming environment where participants of all backgrounds and identities feel comfortable bringing their full selves to all of our events. We recognize the importance of having our Ultimate community reflect all members of our Colorado community, and to prioritize breaking down barriers for marginalized groups for whom access has not historically been equitable.

AYU acknowledges that this will not be an easy task, and that we may make mistakes. Nevertheless, we commit to pushing ourselves to put diversity, equity, and inclusion at the core of our operations, while being a progressive force in society to promote these values.

AYU’S EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION 

To realize our vision of an Ultimate community that represents and welcomes all people, AYU is dedicated to committing significant time, people and funding. Our goal is to provide more access to our sport within racially and ethnically diverse communities, and to raise awareness of DEI issues among members of our existing community.

Toward that end, we will establish, measure and evaluate annual goals within the following broad areas:

Education. We will educate ourselves and provide opportunities for our community to be educated about issues around equity, diversity and inclusion. We will foster opportunities and conditions to learn and grow together. We will be open to dialogue and feedback from the community.

Support. Our Board will center equity, diversity and inclusion in our decisions and conversations. We will work to support all members of our community by seeking out diverse voices and actively including people from historically marginalized backgrounds. As a part of this, we will dedicate significant money and resources to providing scholarships and affordable pricing for players for whom cost is a barrier.

Programs. We will create new or expanded programs in and for traditionally underrepresented communities, based on the needs and wishes of the community. To do this, we will develop and foster partnerships within the communities so that they can inform our practices.

Transparency. We will be transparent and accountable to all members of our community and to all our member communities. This means that we will solicit feedback, empower our EDI Task Force to highlight inequities and blindspots, build community partnerships, and show how we are spending our funding.

Learn more about our DEI efforts here.

AYU EMPLOYEES

Mike Richard

Mike Richard

SENIOR OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mike is AU’s only current full-time employee and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. This includes the planning, management, and execution of program logistics for summer camps, leagues, clinics, tournaments, and other youth and adult programs, as well as web management, accounting, developing resources and new programs, and expanding our effectiveness in serving the Colorado ultimate community.

Mike was introduced to the sport of Ultimate his senior year at Monarch High School. Since then it has been a huge part of his life. Mike played 4 years at the collegiate level with the University of Wyoming, helping to build the small program from the ground up, all while facing powerhouses like CU Mamabird. After returning to Colorado, Mike was recruited to coach at his alma mater, Monarch. Since then Mike has been heavily involved in the youth Ultimate scene in CO. Mike’s professional career is also based in teaching youth. Mike worked in education as a teacher and support staff for 10 years. In the summer of 2015, Mike was granted the opportunity to coach abroad in Israel with an organization called Ultimate Peace. This experience further grew his love for the sport. Outside of Ultimate, you may find Mike traveling, riding his bike across the country, woodworking in the garage, or playing some basketball (only because it’s great cross-training).

Contact Mike

Libby Cravens

Libby Cravens

Outreach Director

Already an Altitude Ultimate Board Member (see full bio below), Libby is also working part time with AU as the Outreach Director.

Contact Libby

libby@altitudeyouthultimate.org

 

AYU BOARD

AYU is run by a volunteer board, made up of experienced Ultimate frisbee players and coaches dedicated to addressing the needs and goals of the Ultimate community in Colorado.

JEFF “BEV” BERGET

JEFF “BEV” BERGET

MIDDLE SCHOOL COORDINATOR

Jeff started playing Ultimate at Overland HS in ‘96. He attended Colorado School of Mines and started the team there in‘97. After college he played on teams including Sack Lunch, Johnny Bravo and Mesteno and most recently played with Johnny Encore (who won a Bronze medals in the 2014 and 2018 World Games and a National Title in 2017 ) and now currently on Johnny Walker (Won Gold in the Pan Am games in 2019). He has worked in the Colorado Youth Ultimate scene since 2001 and Coached Lakewood HS from 2001 to 2006 (two state titles), several seasons of YCC coaching, and has been running the state championship tournaments (fall and spring) for over 15 years. Jeff has most recently taken over organizing and running the Summer Camp Program (since 2018) and has been helping run and grow the Middle School community (since 2018). He is currently running the McAuliffe MS Ultimate Program where his two children attend.

PHIL LOHRE

PHIL LOHRE

CO-PRESIDENT

Phil discovered ultimate at Williams College. He played on Open club teams in Colorado and DC as well as in Germany and the Caribbean. Phil began coaching high school ultimate at the JeffCo Open School in 1996, when a handful of schools scheduled informal games. Phil has coached high school, college and club teams, but his steadiest gigs are with Sourdough, the University of Denver men’s club team, and the Colorado Cutthroat youth club team. His children, Ben, Lisi and Will, share a love of this great game!

Joe Durst

Joe Durst

CO-PRESIDENT

Colorado native, Joe Durst, started his ultimate career at Cherry Creek High School when there were only a few high school teams in the state. He played college ultimate in Oregon for Lewis & Clark Bacchus Rawkus. He played elite Open and Mixed club in Oregon before moving back home to Colorado where he continued to play and began his coaching career in earnest. He has played here in Colorado and across the pond in England for many moons. At the local level, Joe has coached at Denver East High School, as well as for Molly Brown, and currently for Johnny Bravo. At the international level, he has coached for Team USA and represented Team Great Britain. He lives in Denver with lots of chickens and dogs and bees and some other humans too.

Ben Fletcher

Update coming soon.

HANNAH MATTHYS, PhD

HANNAH MATTHYS, PhD

CUTTHROAT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Hannah has been playing since 2006, and coaching since 2011. She started her coaching career in 2011, with a Boulder-Fairview girls team (the Zingers) and the first ever YCC Boys B-team. Hannah currently serves as the Cutthroat Director, providing year round competitive youth club play on the National stage at the Youth Club Championships, and in tournaments against college and adult club players. Hannah also champions Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts on the board and for Ultimate around the country.

JUSTIN "RABBIT" SALVIA

JUSTIN "RABBIT" SALVIA

STATE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Justin is a homegrown Colorado Ultimate player. He played for the Loveland High School Squid Farmers when there were only a few other high school teams in the state. He then migrated to Boulder where he won a National Championship with University of Colorado’s Mamabird. Continuing up the ladder he played six years for Johnny Bravo. Justin currently serves as the USAU Open Division State Youth Coordinator and coaches at Colorado Academy.

Libby Cravens

Libby Cravens

Libby Cravens moved to Fort Collins in  2021 after years of coaching, playing and organizing ultimate in both the Greater Philadelphia and Austin ultimate communities. She got her start playing pick up as a high schooler in Houston, spent her collegiate career playing for Melee at the University of Texas at Austin, and has played on a variety of Women’s, Mixed, and (most recently) Master’s Division teams in the years since. She has enjoyed coaching elementary-aged through Club-level players and is an advocate for growing the number of girls playing ultimate as a Girls’ Outreach Coordinator for the Girls’ Ultimate Movement. She is excited to bring energy to developing new programming and will utilize her experience serving as a Youth Ultimate Director, Ultimate Summer Camp Director, Youth Club Championships Coach, and more. In addition to her focus on gender equity, she hopes to reduce financial barriers and improve the accessibility of our sport at all levels through fundraising efforts. Off the field she works as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and met her husband at a party tournament in 2015.

Pricilla Vitello

Pricilla Vitello

Priscilla Montoya is a passionate advocate dedicated to fostering equity and inclusion in Colorado’s vibrant communities and breathtaking outdoors. With a deep-rooted commitment to social justice, she tirelessly works towards creating spaces where all individuals, regardless of background or identity, can thrive and access the natural beauty of the state.

She actively participates in committees dedicated to addressing equity issues across Colorado. Through her involvement, she advocates for policies and practices that promote fairness and justice in all aspects of community life, including outdoor recreation.

Drawing from her background in social work and community development, Priscilla actively engages with local organizations and initiatives focused on promoting diversity and inclusivity in outdoor spaces. She collaborates with stakeholders to develop programs that empower marginalized communities to connect with nature, fostering a sense of belonging and stewardship.

Through her unwavering advocacy and inclusive approach, she is reshaping the narrative of outdoor recreation, making it accessible and welcoming to everyone, and ensuring that Colorado remains a place where all voices are heard and valued.