|Spirit of the Game|
|Friday, 23 October 2009|
In a world where athletics often spill over with conflict and aggression, a competitive sport whose foundation is joy and goodwill is a rare phenomena. Coren, captain of Auroville's Ultimate Frisbee team, explains the game, how it reached Auroville and why it is here to stay. The team recently came back from the Chennai Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in which they won the 'Spirit of the Game' award. The award is given to the group who keeps the game fun, joyous and full of goodwill. A game which develops these qualities makes this game 'at home' in Auroville.
The Auroville Ultimate Frisbee Team was honored with a “Spirit of the Game” award in the Chennai Tournament. Many in Auroville have thrown a frisbee around on the beach or at a park, but few have played Ultimate Frisbee or know that such a game exists. Last March this game was re-introduced to Auroville by Mark, an American guest.
In our matches we often faced teams that had played together for a couple years and practiced 3-4 times a week. Though our young team often ended the game with a smaller score, our spirit remained positive. After four games of playing increasingly well, but not quite winning, we pulled all the pieces together during on October 3rd and won our final match.
After each game during the tournament teams were asked to evaluate the spirit of the other teams' play. With all ten teams gathered around on Saturday night, the Auroville Ultimate team was named winner of the "Spirit of the Game" award, an honor given to the team that best demonstrates the true spirit of Ultimate Frisbee.
In a world where athletics often spill over with conflict and aggression, it was a joy for all of us to participate in a sport whose foundation is joy and goodwill. The feeling of an aspiration towards human unity is very tangible in Ultimate. Though one team won the tournament, it was abundantly clear on Saturday night that all teams were sharing in a spirit of mutual celebration. Throughout the weekend teams cheered as much for other teams as their own.
Over the course of this weekend, the AV Ultimate team played with a beautiful spirit. Remaining positive, unified and supportive of each other even when the score wasn't in our favor. We traveled north as a group who played frisbee once or twice a week. We returned home to Auroville as a team.
An article about the tournament can be found online