2018 Game Changers: Gail Reich, USA Ultimate

Gail Reich, USA Ultimate

Gail Reich is girls national outreach director at USA Ultimate. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses her passion for sports tourism.

How I Got Here: I spent six years on the Ultimate Chicago board of directors. During that time, USA Ultimate asked us to collaborate on the Division III College National Championships. In 2015, I took on the role of tournament director and was able to do the same for USA Ultimate for the 2016 Club National Championships and 2018 Division III College National Championships, and also directed the 2018 Masters Championships this summer. I recently took on the position of girls national outreach director at USA Ultimate, where I will have an influence over girls’ youth Ultimate in the U.S.

Greatest Career Accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment so far regarding USA Ultimate would be the 2016 Club National Championships. It is a large event with three divisions involving the top adult competitive teams from around the United States. It is probably the most prestigious event USA Ultimate hosts and is televised on ESPN. I was told the tournament ran smoothly, and I really enjoyed running it.

What I Do Outside of Work: Outside of organizing Ultimate tournaments, I am a full-time psychotherapist with a private practice and a part-time photographer. Also, I play Ultimate.