How many times have you ever had a new idea – perhaps a sport, a club, or a group that you would like to start – but never managed to get around to it? Well, one student at EPHS, Senior Liam Fisher made his idea a reality.
This idea eventually came to be called Providisc. Providisc is a pick-up ultimate Frisbee league that is open to the public. Games are played on Moses Brown’s field in Providence on Sundays.
Liam explained his reasons for starting the league is simple terms.
"My friend Lincoln and I decided to start the league because ultimate Frisbee is totally baller,” he said.
Such an interesting idea could not possibly have been formulated in a simple manner and the story Liam tells matches the fascinating quality of the league itself.
“The idea came to my friend Lincoln and me when a storm was approaching as we walked down the street,” said Liam. “The thunder rumbled and the idea progressed from simply having a one time game to starting a weekly game where anyone can come play. Finally, as lightning struck, the idea of Providisc as a name came to me and we started playing the next day”
Liam knew right away that the games had to follow a set of rules.
“We did research on the UPA (Ultimate Players Association) website to learn the rules and how to play. Then, we used grassroots and social networking such as Facebook and word-of-mouth to get the word out,” he said.
Starting out with only 8 players, Liam and Lincoln’s efforts in networking has enabled the league to grow to 44 players from PCD, Wheeler, EPHS, Barrington and the East Side of Providence.
In addition, Liam and the other Providisc members make it very easy to join in and start playing. “The games are on Sundays at 1 PM every week. You can just show up to play but, make sure you bring some water.”
When asked about how the league will run in the future Liam was already prepared with plan for continuing the league in his and Lincoln’s absence. ”I’m definitely going to play in college wherever I go. As for the league, it is a self-sufficient organization. The younger players will continue to run it when we’re gone and we can rejoin as players in the summers and during school breaks.”
In conclusion, Providisc will most likely be around for a while and it is this type of initiative that allows things to happen even if it means doing a little work along the way. Make sure to like them on Facebook or talk to Liam to find out when the league will resume from its winter break.