By Peter LaVoie, Board Chair and Tournament Coordinator
Every year around the third weekend in May, hundreds of players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators gather for the annual Chris Goeke Memorial Ultimate Tournament. The Goeke Memorial draws top teams from across Minnesota in the growing sport of Ultimate (formerly known as ultimate frisbee) to compete for fun, for glory, and for one of the coveted wooden disc trophies. It has become a mainstay in the Minnesota Ultimate calendar.
By Udaya Gadiparthi, a student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Warrior 196 Scholarship recipient
Hello! My name is Udaya Gadiparthi and I’m a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Madison studying Biochemistry and Data Science. I went to Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. I received the Warrior 196 Scholarship last May, which was such an honor for me!
By Jill Englund, Board Member and Scholarship Coordinator
‘Tis the season to apply for scholarships!
As scholarship coordinator, I have the honor of reading applications, working with schools, and informing our recipients that they have won! I have been part of the Board of Directors for Warrior 196 Leadership Foundation for about a year and a half now, and am proud to be part of a team that gives back to the community where I grew up, in memory of my dear friend Chris Goeke. Reading each years' scholarship applications is a favorite annual experience. Students write inspiring essays about leaders in their community and in the world, and it makes me proud to be part of their journey as they pursue higher education.
By Joel Kiekbusch, Race Coordinator
Joel has been a high school teacher at Eastview since 1998 and he and his wife have a strong sense of duty to the five 196 warriors.
After having to settle for a “virtual” event for the evolution of the Eight Annual Warrior 196 Memorial 5K, planning and anticipating the Ninth Annual Warrior 196 Memorial 5K event was a combination of excitement and apprehension: excitement for having the event back outside…for real…with actual people running, walking, and rucking a real course, and apprehension that folks would show up, that a pandemic uptick wouldn’t push us back into our homes, and that we could have a successful event after what really was a year of hiatus.
By Pam Shultz, Board Treasurer
Pam is an Addiction Medicine physician and lived in Apple Valley for more than 20 years, where she raised her four children. She currently resides in Lake Elmo, MN.
This is the first edition of the new Warrior 196 blog so we thought we’d start with a little history to catch you all up!