Indiana Ultimate Foundation is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of representing and driving the growth of Indiana's Ultimate community at each level of play. At the core of this organization is a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, who work alongside three Trustees to discuss the needs of our Ultimate community and develop ways to meet them. It is the purpose of the board to work collaboratively with committee chairs and the Ultimate community to overcome the challenges of each demographic, foster growth, and fulfill IUF's Mission and Vision Statement.
President: John Rempel
Currently I participate in recreational leagues and compete in the Great Grand Masters division of USA Ultimate. I am also involved in organizing and coaching youth programs, including our HS Indoor Leagues and Tournament, Youth Summer League & Youth Club teams that compete in the USA Ultimate U.S. Open, Youth Club Championships.
I am extremely excited that IUF has created a "same-page" effort for the growth and development of all Ultimate in Indiana. I am proud that IUF is a USA Ultimate Affiliate Organization that allows us to provide numerous programs, events and benefits to Ultimate players and organizations state wide. My vision is that we will continue to foster a culture that allows the Ultimate community to share the fabulous virtues (character, relationship building, sportsmanship, and fitness) of the greatest sport on the planet earth with others that are unfamiliar with our sport; and to enhance and enrich the opportunities to participate for those that already love Ultimate! This will certainly create an environment where competitive HS, College & Club ultimate can thrive at the national level.
Vice President: Brittney Ballard
I have been playing ultimate for 11 years now. I started playing pick up my junior year of high school and then competitively for four years at Indiana University. Currently, I am heading into my 7 season with Liquid Hustle, mixed team out of Indianapolis, and captaining for my second season. I also played the first season of Indianapolis Red, the professional women's team now associated with the Premier Ultimate League.
Outside of playing ultimate, I am trying to help promote the sport to which I love. I have been participating in IUF meetings for the last three years. I am the Girls State Outreach Coordinator for USA Ultimate. I have helped run clinics for kids including home school PE programs and the Boys and Girls Club.
My main goal with IUF is to introduce the sport of Ultimate to as many people as we possibly can. I want to teach all age groups how to play and watch these individuals grow with the sport. I want to increase the numbers of players in Indiana especially the women. My hope is to provide individuals with an outlet through ultimate to create safe environments to achieve full potential in all aspects of life.
Treasurer: Blake Vanderbush
I am originally from the west side of Indianapolis and have lived in Indiana my entire life. I started playing pick up Ultimate during high school but didn't play competitively until attending Ball State University.
Since college, I have participated in a number of city recreational leagues, captained USAU club teams, and played for the Indianapolis AlleyCats of the AUDL.
My hope for the IUF is that we will be able to expand the number of opportunities to play Ultimate in Indiana while also improving the level of competition. I also hope we improve the competitiveness of the top level teams in order to compete at a national level.
Secretary: Rechelle Frash
I began my ultimate career at Ohio University (Go Bobcats!!) in Athens, OH, playing with the amazing 'Stacked' Women's Ultimate Team. I played with OU for 5 years, which included the college season, fall league, and an abundance of pickup games. During that time, I also played for a USAU Mixed Club Team, Asylum. I recently moved to Indy and immediately got involved in the Ultimate community that exists here! I have enjoyed playing pickup across the city, participating in IUF leagues, and look forward to joining a club team.
With experience in the recreation and nonprofit world, I am excited to bring my skills and interests as a Board Member and Secretary to the Indiana Ultimate Foundation. I am passionate about providing positive and engaging recreational experiences for those in the community, across all ages. I hope to be able to assist in growing and strengthening the sport of Ultimate in Indiana. As well as sparking excitement in young players to continue to grow and foster their love of the sport, which in turn will help its continued growth across the country and the world.
Trustee: Andrew Miller
2019 update coming soon!
Trustee: Joey Cari
I got my start playing non-competitive ultimate with a group of friends from North Central HS in Indianapolis. We later founded the school’s first competitive club team, and would practice/play in the afternoon and on weekends against other groups from surrounding schools. During my undergraduate studies, I helped to found Anderson University’s first competitive club team, and went on to captain and act as president for several years. Since graduation, I have played for various mixed and open club teams from around Indiana, as well as Indy’s AUDL semi-pro team the AlleyCats since its inaugural season in 2012. I have also participated in various leagues, pickup, teaching, volunteer, and coaching opportunities around Indiana. For 2 years, I acted as head coach of Indiana Wesleyan’s club ultimate team, and helped lead them to D3 College Nationals in 2016. Fun fact: I was present for the inception of Brickyard, Indiana’s elite open club team, and am actually responsible for its naming. It is an honor to serve as Trustee for IUF. I seek for my community to achieve its greatest potential for growth, prosperity and longevity through the advancement and support of health, wellness, and other initiatives that empower all individuals to lead productive and sustainable lives. Ultimate is one way by which this can be accomplished.
Trustee: Zakk Mabrey
2019 update coming soon!
Merchandise - John Rempel (and Breakmark Apparel) Programs - Open Website/Technology - Jake Phillips Events - Blake Vanderbush and Jared Payne Promotion and Communication - Carla Sweet Fields/Facilities - Blake Vanderbush and Jared Payne Sponsorship - Kyle Cox Fundraising - Matt Broadwell
Competition Committee (advising)
Recreation/League - JJ Yarbrough Youth - Jake Phillips and John Rempel College - Travis Carpenter Mens - Eric Leonard Mixed - Paul Avilez Womens - Emily Beasley Masters - Josh Kemmerling Grand Masters - Steve Lacrosse