Opening Pull: Callahan 2020, College Awards, Event Cancellations

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Dartmouth’s Jack Verzuh with the Callahan Award at the 2019 D-I College Championships. Photo: Daniel Thai — UltiPhotos.com

Welcome to Opening Pull, your weekly wrap-up of the previous week in ultimate. We’ve gathered the news you need to know and highlights you need to see, and we’ll let you know what’s coming up in the next week.

Live ultimate is on pause for the time being, without a clear end to the shutdown in sight, as the global community combats the spread of COVID-19. For more details, including a timeline, see The Latest on the Coronavirus Impact on Ultimate.

Callahan 2020 Nominations Open

With so much of ultimate postponed or cancelled, it was a relief to see the Callahan Award would still be awarded this spring. The 25th Callahan Award, named after Henry Callahan, will be awarded to a nominated player based on voting from active college players. This year’s award stipulations allow for voters to officially consider an athlete’s entire career rather than just the current season; many believe this has been done unofficially by voters for years.

The nomination window is currently open and closes on April 30th. Voting begins shortly after on May 1st and runs through May 13th. You can submit nominations at CallahanAward.com and see all of the released Callahan videos on our live-updated page.

Sunbreak Among Latest Covid-19 Cancellations

One of North America’s most popular summer events, Sunbreak1, has been cancelled for this summer. Abroad, Dublin’s Golden Cup, an early August tournament, was also cancelled, making it one of the first August events to officially close up shop for this season. High School National Invite will also be on hiatus this year.

Ultiworld Player of the Year & College Awards 2020

We’ll toot our own horn that is really tooting some amazing players’ horns: we awarded our annual College Awards in both D-I men’s and women’s divisions. While the season was short, some fantastic individuals stood out with their performances. Tufts’ Margo Urheim stood atop the women’s division while BYU’s Jordan Kerr outperformed the men’s field. Our All-American teams are also out.

Congratulations to those selected on their achievements this season!

Social Select

This past week on the BeingUlti twitter account was Ultiworld contributor Tiina Booth. She touched on many topics, including offering advice based on what she learned as a teacher that she applied to coaching.


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  1. Keith Raynor
    Keith Raynor

    Keith Raynor is a Senior Editor and the Business Development Manager at Ultiworld. He co-hosts our Deep Look podcast and does play-by-play and color commentary. He coaches UConn Rise, the college's women's team. You can reach him by email (keith@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@FullFieldHammer).

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