We are proud to announce the Eastern and Western Conference Most Valuable Players for the inaugural season of Major League Ultimate.
This decision was made based on a vote by the General Managers and Commissioner after the final game of the regular season. The MVPs will each be given $500 as well as an additional $500 to donate to the charity or youth Ultimate program of their choice.
Eastern Conference MVP: Chris Mazur of the New York Rumble
“For the rest of the NY Rumble, this award is really a team achievement. You can’t throw goals to yourself. It takes all seven guys on the field and another 18 guys on the sideline all working together towards a specific goal. Despite missing the playoffs, we were all part of something truly special in 2013 and this award is much more a symbol of that collective achievement than an individual accomplishment.
“I couldn’t ask for a more loving and supportive mother. She made it to almost every game this season, regardless of the location. She is the best out there, and deserves a mention. She kept me motivated throughout the season no matter the obstacle, mistake, or injury. Playing for a professional NY sports team has been a dream of mine since I was a boy going to Yankee Stadium with my mom, and seeing the smile on her face in the stands all season long will be a memory I will never forget.”
Chris has chosen to donate his money to the Ultimate program at his alma mater, Choate Rosemary Hall: “During my one year of teaching at the school in 2010-2011, I was fortunate to be around when a few dedicated students, Ed Speyer, Matt Fasano, and Jeff Spivack, got the first varsity Ultimate team started. The program has blossomed over the past 3 years, and has held numerous events for youth Ultimate in the state of Connecticut, including charity events, tournaments, and the Connecticut high school all-star game.”
Western Conference MVP: Adam Simon of the Seattle Rainmakers
“It’s an honor to be recognized as an asset to my team. There were a great many assets to the team and every last one of my teammates is just as deserving of recognition. It was a great season and a lot of work went into competing. My teammates and coaches pushing me is always my favorite part of any season. I owe them tremendous gratitude. I am excited to see professional Ultimate continue to grow. I think the opportunity before us as players is valuable. I hope to continue to have the opportunity to compete on a professional level.”
Adam has chosen to donate his money to Ultimate Peace: “They give such incredible opportunity to youth Ultimate around the world every year and they have shown a stalwart diligence in their missions. Friends of mine from around Ultimate are always involved and speak with the highest praise of the experiences they get to be a part of. I think it’s important to support an organization that is trying to spread the message of peace through the spirit of the game around the world — particularly to young players in parts of the world that have historically been wrought by conflict. I wish them all the best in the future, and I will continue to support them going forward.”