Ultimate Frisbee veteran Hana Kawai ’12, who plays for the Seattle Riot, an elite team in her hometown, has built her post-college life around the sport. In 2014 the Riot won the World Ultimate Club Championships in Italy and in 2016 took silver in the USA Ultimate Club Championships. Kawai coaches a girls’ ultimate team at Franklin High School; the team won the Washington State Championships in 2017, and three players were accepted to the 2018 junior national team. She also started a nonprofit, the All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP), which cultivates youth leadership through anti-racist gender justice work. AGE UP uses the sport and community of ultimate frisbee to build power among young people of color, particularly girls, in Seattle’s South End.
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