Over 550 players and 27 teams participated in the co-ed ultimate frisbee tournament

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While summer calls to mind a relaxing vacation, most Filipinos see it as a time to make plans with friends or enjoy the outdoors. But for some, it’s also a time to blend this passion for fitness with community. 

To encourage more Filipinos to embrace and enjoy a healthful lifestyle, Jamba Juice hosted the second edition of Whirl’d Cup on May 11 and 12 at the Ayala Alabang Country Club, a mixed ultimate frisbee tournament organized with JMJ Sports Training Services, in partnership with the Philippine Flying Disc Association.

Over 550 players and 27 teams participated in the tournament, which was open to first-timers, regulars, and veteran players, with no age limits or other requirements. Aside from the matches, regulars and newbies alike also tested their athletic prowess and worked up a sweat at the Whirl’d Cup Skills Challenge Games.

“We believe in blending goodness into every moment. In our stores, we use real whole fruits blended with our juices to create our smoothies, juices, and bowlswhether the combination is unusual or expectedthe experience and taste is still great,” says Jamba Juice marketing manager Steph Elumba. “When we looked at ultimate frisbee, we saw how the community blended each individual player into one big family. From ages 15 to 50, men and women blended together for a weekend of fun.”

Beyond just a fun and active weekend, the tournament was also a celebration of diversity and inclusivity

The Whirl’d Cup also served as a great introduction to Ultimate, a fast-paced, no-contact sport requiring only a disc and a well-lit space to play. The sport has rapidly grown since it was first introduced in the Philippines in the early 2000s, making the local community one of the fastest-growing in Asia. 

 “Ultimate is a great way to blend people of different ages, sexes, professions, and backgrounds in one space, as the sport’s inclusive nature makes it easier for people who share a passion for sports, fitness, and good food and drink to come together,” adds Elumba. 

Beyond introducing more Filipinos to the sport, the tournament was also an opportunity to support the sport’s growing community. A portion of the sales from the Jamba Juice food truck, the Fender Blender, will support Pilipinas Ultimate, the national Ultimate team, as they take part in tournaments in Japan and China.

“Just as it’s important to nourish our bodies with delicious and nutritious food, we believe that it is important for more Filipinos to enjoy a more inclusive experience of sports. A better you starts with better food (in this case, our smoothies), and when you can tap into the better you, you can help create a better world,” said Elumba. “We hope that more people will be inspired by the Whirl’d Cup, start creating their vision of a healthful life, and get blended into Ultimate’s exciting and fun scene.”

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