Cheltenham Earns Grant to Establish Girls Ultimate Club Team
Cheltenham High School has been named the recipient of one of sixGirls’ Team Startup Project (GTSP) grants from the Ultimate Foundation to establish a girls ultimate club team. Led by sophomore captains Molly O'Neill and Bailey Messa, the squad will face clubs and teams from, among others, Lower Merion, Radnor, Haverford, Science Leadership Academy and Pennsbury when its season begins this spring.
"Cheltenham High School has a long tradition of high school Ultimate,” said coach Tom Cook, the librarian at CHS. “I am very excited to be able to add a girls team to that tradition.”
Joining Cheltenham as this year’s grant recipients are Bethlehem Central High School (Delmar, N.Y.), Evanstown Township High School (Evanstown, Ill.), Grant High School (Portland, Ore.), Maine Coast Waldorf School (Portland, Maine) and Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School (Atlanta). These six teams join the following 2018 grant recipients: Cherry Creek High School and D'Evelyn High School (Denver), Lane Tech High School (Chicago) and Charlotte Country Day School (Charlotte, N.C.)
The GTSP is a community-wide outreach program - part of the Girls’ Ultimate Movement (GUM) - to increase girls’ participation in ultimate. Launched in 2018, the project gives new or developing high school girls’ teams the resources and support they need to succeed as a team with the intention of helping grow the girls’ division. Modeled after the College Women’s Startup Project, GTSP provides support to participating schools for up to three years to help them develop into competitive and self-sustaining teams. Benefits of earning the grant include: Three-year complimentary USA Ultimate youth memberships; a GUM team startup kit; $500 coaching stipend; free coach membership, coaching clinic workshop and background check; GUM headbands; and uniforms for 15 players.