Frisbee tourney raises money to fight human trafficking

Joel Kellum skying over two players to make a catch during a recent Frisbee game. (Submitted photo)

Joel Kellum skying over two players to make a catch during a recent Frisbee game. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

It seemed like a perfect fit.

A group of sophomores from a Northview Church youth group were looking for the right charity and the right forum.



“A lot of us are interested in Ultimate Frisbee so we felt that would be a fun way to raise money,” CHS sophomore Jason Schug said. “Then we decided on giving it to International Just Mission which helps to stop sexual slavery and human trafficking throughout the world.”

The Frisbees4Freedom, a fundraising tournament, will begin at 8 a.m. on June 6 at Northview Church in Carmel.

“It just something me personally and the group felt was a worthy cause,” CHS sophomore Joel Kellum said of the International Justice Mission.

The group made a list of ways to raise the money and what charity to support before voting. But before they met each week, they loosened up by playing Ultimate Frisbee.




“We always split our group into two and play for 20 minutes and then we meet,” said Kellum, who plays on Carmel’s boys’ volleyball team with Schug.

“The Ultimate Frisbee teams are usually made up of teams of seven,” Schug said. “There is an end zone on each side. You have to throw it to your teammate. You can’t move while you are holding the disc so you’ve got to get it across the field in the end zone without moving while you are holding it. The other team is trying to knock the Frisbee down or catch it. If the other team gets it to the ground, it’s their turn to work it down the field to score.”

There will be food and merchandise for sale. There will be a longest drive, closest to the pin and other Frisbee games.

The group’s goal is to raise $4,500 for the International Justice Mission. There is space for 32 teams.

The cost is $100 per team, consisting of seven to 12 players, or $15 for individuals. Other members of the young group from CHS are twin brothers Sam and Nick Baker, Adam Balentine, Ashton Bygger, Cameron Newman, Matt Prodger, Kyle Shultz, David Seghal and Justin Bopp.

The group includes two other Carmel residents Bryan Carter (Heritage Christian School) and Josh Henderson (home schooled).

Other members include Dominic Hutsell, Fishers High School and Levi Neuzerling, Noblesville High School.

The group adult leaders are John Noble, Carmel; Evan Hiple, Westfield and Brad Hale, Noblesville.


When: 8 a.m., June 6.

Where: Northview Church, Carmel.

Facebook: FrisbeesFor Freedom

Twitter: @frisbee4freedom

Instagram: Frisbees4freedom

To register, visit For more information on the International Justice Mission, visit

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