Why I am Running for FPA Executive Director

Arthur Coddington. Photo by Bethany SanchezElections for the FPA Board are happening now, and this year I am running for Executive Director. I hope you will join me in building on the great work of freestyle athletes, event organizers and video producers worldwide to build our sport.

I believe the FPA is at a critical moment of opportunity. By shifting the organization’s focus toward greater inclusion, transparency and volunteer participation, we can build freestyle participation at all levels of play. By taking both a disciplined approach to representing freestyle and a creative approach to bringing the sport to the world, freestyle can reach new levels of participation and recognition, not to mention technical progression

If you are an FPA member, you should have received an email with a ballot link. If not, notify current FPA Executive Director Lori Daniels at lorizdisc(at)gmail(dot)com.

You can vote until December 17.

Read my full candidate statement below and all the candidate statements at freestyledisc.org.

I believe almost everyone who plays Frisbee is a freestyler. They just don’t know it yet.

As your Executive Director, I want us to help those tens of millions of people discover the joys of freestyle. Whether your goal is to jam with new players more often or to see freestyle in the Olympics some day, increasing participation in our sport is what matters most.

I am a 16-time FPA World Champion and have been fortunate to represent freestyle on international media. I also have unique insights on the business of our sport from my experience leading the Frisbee brand at Wham-O.

I have volunteered for the FPA in some capacity for almost the entire span of my playing career, including several years serving as Executive Director. I created the freestyle rankings, and I led efforts to set standards for competitions in order to protect players and create clarity for event organizers. I believe in the FPA’s role as player union and the governing body of our sport.

My philosophy is to be informed and inspired by the past while designing effective strategies for the future.

As your Executive Director, my focuses will be:
* Expanding worldwide participation in all levels of freestyle.
* Expanding the number of freestylers actively volunteering in FPA programs. The more people who help, the more we get done!
* Supporting the growth of robust jam and competition communities worldwide
* Supporting players in learning to play at whatever level they most enjoy
* Ensuring the FPA provides strong governance for freestyle, including being a transparent organization connected to the desires of its members.

With your help, we can make all these goals real.

Thank you for considering me for this important position.

– Arthur Coddington

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