Ultimate Without Borders-Panama is the first official UWB pilot program. The program can be traced back to 2010 when Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) received more than 100 donated discs from Discraft and Ultimate Peace. Over a period of 10 months UWB Co-founder Ben Searle worked with dozens of community leaders and fellow PCVs to organize “flying disc” events across the country.
In 2011, PCV Ken Hartman took ownership of the Flying Disc project and began organizing youth ultimate teams in his province, Chiriqui. Ken, an English teacher and a long-time Boys and Girls Club mentor, soon discovered ways in which ultimate brought out the best in his students.
In 2012, Ken, along with fellow PCV and 8-year ultimate veteran Danielle Renzi, became UWB co-Program Directors. In February of 2013, UWB-Panama launched with a two-day training of coaches in Panama City. Since 2013, UWB has reached over 2,000 youth and 100 coaches in Panama via youth Ultimate Frisbee clubs, clinics, national youth camps, and training of coaches.
UWB-Panama collaborates with the Ultimate Frisbee Association of Panama (AUFP) and the Panamanian Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) in order to establish a locally backed sport for development initiative. In cooperation with AUFP and MEDUCA, UWB, facilitates clinics, tournaments and leagues that promote leadership and education for youth throughout Panama. UWB is proud to have the support of these local organizations, as they are the key for sustainable growth.