USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced last week the relocation of its national headquarters to Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs previously served as the home of USA Ultimate from 1992-2002 before the organization’s headquarters were relocated to Boulder. The NGB will officially move into its new headquarters Jan. 9.
Often referred to as the “America’s Olympic City,” Colorado Springs is home to the USOC, plus 23 NGBs of sport and 58 national or international sports organizations.
“We are very pleased that USA Ultimate will be making their home in Colorado Springs,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “America’s Olympic City has a deep connection to the world’s finest athletes, and this energetic sport will find many new fans here in the Pikes Peak region. We heartily welcome another member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.”
Due to the support of the El Pomar Foundation, the City of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the USOC, USA Ultimate has secured 7,500 square feet of new office space on the city’s northwest side, sharing the USA Triathlon building. USA Ultimate’s new national headquarters is located near a cluster of other NGBs, including USA Basketball, USA Volleyball, USA Wrestling and USA Cycling.
“Thanks to the good work of organizations like the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and others committed to building on our city’s passion for sport, the trustees are pleased to welcome USA Ultimate to Colorado Springs,” said William J. Hybl, CEO and chairman of the El Pomar Foundation and president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
“One of the key factors for USA Ultimate deciding to relocate to Colorado Springs was the excitement around the City for Champions project,” said Tom Osborne, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “Having USA Ultimate relocate to Colorado Springs is a perfect example of the byproduct of C4C.”
The need for a new and larger national office became apparent following the significant growth both the sport of ultimate and the national governing body have experienced in recent years. Following a two-year, highly competitive search and bid process, and after USA Ultimate became a member of the USOC earlier this year, the decision was made to strategically relocate USA Ultimate’s headquarters just 100 miles south of its current location in Boulder.
Colorado Springs was one of several communities considered throughout the process, and following careful evaluation of the various options and opportunities presented to USA Ultimate, the support of community organizations and leaders, as well as the prospect of strengthening USA Ultimate’s alignment within the Olympic movement, the choice was an easy one, according to a news release.
“This announcement continues to further validate and strengthen Colorado Springs’ position as the top sports economy in the nation,” said Tom Neppl, chairman of the board, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. “The Business Alliance is delighted to have assisted USA Ultimate through this process and are excited to welcome them back home to Colorado Springs.”
Founded in 1979, USA Ultimate is the largest flying disc organization in the world with more than 50,000 members. And as the national governing body for the last 35 years, USA Ultimate has consistently guided the sport through steady growth, specifically within the last few years when milestones included a Sports and Fitness Industry Association study that cited ultimate as one of the fastest-growing sports in America with more than 5 million active players; USA Ultimate becoming a member of the USOC and striking a four-year broadcast deal with ESPN to air its major events; and the number of colleges and universities fielding teams competing in USA Ultimate’s championship series surpassing 750.