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.”

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About Paul Des Marais

Paul has worked in online content, freelance writing and education for the past ten years. A native of Baltimore with roots in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Paul grew up in a family of Ultimate enthusiasts. He graduated with his undergraduate degree in English from Goucher College in Baltimore and his Masters in Education also from Goucher. Paul was the captain of Goucher College Ultimate and then played with the Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance, Central Maryland Ultimate Association and the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams. As the Director of Content, Paul handles the online content for the MLU site and eight team sites.