30 Years of Ultimate at Haverford

This year Big Donkey Ultimate, founded in 1985 under another name, will mark its anniversary with a reunion at the annual Haverween tournament.

This weekend, the two Haverford ultimate teams, Big Donkey Ultimate and the Sneetches, host Haverween, one of their two annual campus tournaments (the other is spring’s Layout, Pigout). As in years past, alumni will come back to Haverford to compete against current players, but for the men’s team, it is an especially poignant occasion. This year Big Donkey Ultimate, founded in 1985 under another name, marks its 30th anniversary (the Sneetches, a Bi-Co women’s team, began later, in 1994). To celebrate, more than 50 alumni will return to campus for the tournament and a weekend of festivities, including a Saturday night banquet in Founders Great Hall.

In honor of the occasion, Matt Lowenthal ’12, who played on the team for his entire Haverford career and now coaches Big Donkey Ultimate, compiled this photographic history of the team. (Additional photos of the Sneetches can be found on their website.)

Want to know more? An in-depth story about the history of ultimate at Haverford, appears in the College newsroom.