One of the main goals of Austin Torch is to set an example for transparency and open dialogue. To that end, we'll be publishing a lot of information about how this team and movement came to be and how it continues to progress and move forward. For now, here are some Frequently Asked Questions to get you started! Have a question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Torch FAQ
What is the mission and vision of the team?
The mission of the Austin Torch is to provide Texas womxn with the opportunity to play professional ultimate. This will include playing in stadiums, in front of crowds, and for pay.
Our vision is to celebrate female athletes at the same level as their male counterparts in the sport of ultimate. We want to show the girls of today that they can be the professional ultimate players of tomorrow by providing opportunities for them to witness games in person and via video recording. We want to exhibit strong women as role models to the Texas ultimate community, including males and females, the young and the old.
The Torch presents a community-oriented solution to one of the greatest deficits in the ultimate world, gender equity, by showing that the Austin community - men, womxn, youth, club, the Austin Sol, etc. - can creatively work together towards a common goal to address disparities. In light of today’s growing awareness of inequalities, it is important that we generate discussion and work together to overcome unfairness. This is how we achieve progress; not just in ultimate, but in all aspects of life.
When and where do the Torch play?
The Torch have three home games and two road games and - if we qualify - will play for the PUL championship in Atlanta (June 28-29, 2019).
Saturday April 27th v. Atlanta Soul @ Texas School for the Deaf. 6:30pm CST FACEBOOK EVENT
Saturday May 11th v. Nashville Nightshade @ House Park. 4pm CST
Saturday May 18th v. Indianapolis @ Westwood High School. 4pm CST
Saturday June 1 @ New York Gridlock Ultimate @ Columbia University (New York City, NY). 7:30pm CST
Saturday June 15 @ Raleigh Radiance (Raleigh, NC). 3pm CST.
All games will be live streamed! Stay tuned for live stream details.
Will this affect the women’s turnout in the club season and their ability to play on club teams in Austin this coming season?
No. The Premier Ultimate League - of which the Austin Torch are one of eight teams represented on the Board of Directors - will play games between April 20th - June 30th, wrapping up the league season just before Club season kicks into gear. Each team will play five regular season games with the top four teams qualifying for a Championship Weekend (June 29/30) to be held in Atlanta, GA.
How much will it cost?
As a professional team, the Torch will pay its players a game salary and cover all player expenses, like travel and equipment. Because of the new nature of the league, we may also be subsidizing other teams to come to Austin to play our team (April 27 v. Atlanta; May 11 v. Nashville; May 18 v. Indianapolis). Estimated overall costs of the team in 2019 are around $30,000.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER to find out more information on the fun ways we plan to raise this moolah and how YOU can invest in the Torch.
What are the financial resources that will pay the women’s salary and travel?
Our approach to finances will reflect the personality and character of Austin and our community. In other words, we’re going to do things a little differently than the more common Kickstarter or Go Fund Me, and rather focus on more organic methods of raising funds through:
FUN FUNDRAISERS! Stay tuned for more info on these!
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Who can I contact for more information?
The Torch Ownership Group consists of Rachel Yeager, Dre Esparza, and Bonesaw Kepner. If you have questions or want to volunteer your services, you can reach them at: email@example.com. Bonesaw has also been elected Commissioner of the Premier Ultimate League so if you have questions about the league as a whole you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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