"A big part of my decision to go to UT was influenced by the school’s ultimate program. On my visit as a senior, I was able to practice with the Melee and get a sense of the team. Before I had even committed to the school, the coaches and players were encouraging me in ways that extended beyond just ultimate. I saw a program that was inclusive and supportive from the start. Coming from out of state it was important to me to find friends that would make my transition feel less lonely. Melee players invited me to social gatherings to feel included in the environment, before even being on the team.
My teammates are my best friends and my family. Not only do I get to share my love of high level ultimate with them, but our program is focused on more than one kind of development. After rigorous practices we all get dinner and bond. It has made our team chemistry stronger than other programs, which helps us more than anything on the field. Melee prides ourself as being competitive, gritty, and hardworking on the field, while being supportive, caring, and inclusive off the field. The travel tournaments, traditions, team culture, and inside jokes alone are enough to want to keep them around. There is nothing like experiencing the feelings brought by wins and losses with your best friends, and that’s why I love Melee."
- Carolina Bayón, junior/player on Melee