A Coach-free and ‘Lovably Ragtag’ Ultimate Frisbee Team (GUM)

Bowdoin’s ultimate frisbee team Chaos Theory

In a recent post for the Girls’ Ultimate Movement blog, Carly Berlin ’18 describes her Bowdoin ultimate frisbee team as fiercely independent — so much so that it has resisted finding a coach. This go-it-alone attitude is both a source of frustration and pride for Berlin.

“We are missing out on the advice of players who have thought about this game for much longer than we have, and we lack an authority figure outside of our own power structure,” she writes. But she adds, “But we have also, undoubtedly, done well on our own. We entered the postseason series with a nearly spotless record.”


Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Featured in Art Show on Women’s Sports

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

A cereal box displaying an image of Olympic marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is featured in an art show at Radcliffe College, writes Harvard Magazine. The exhibition, Playing Fair: Title IX at 45, runs until mid-September and takes its name from the 1972 federal law guaranteeing equal rights for women in all educational activities, including athletics.

“The exhibit uses Title IX as a lens to tell a focused narrative about women in sports,” explained curator Susan Ware. Samuelson won the first Olympic women’s marathon gold medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.