In March, I sat down with Santiago Escobar to interview him about how he got into Ultimate, volunteering, and founding the Minnesota Windchill.
I played under Santiago’s leadership for the Minnesota Wind Chill back when it began in 2013. It was a lot of fun, but I hadn’t spoken with Santiago since I stopped playing in 2015. Speaking with him again, and getting to know more about his experience with Ultimate was a wonderful conversation.
Santiago was much more involved with Ultimate in the Minnesota area than I realized in 2013. He has had quite a robust resume of volunteer and tournament director roles, both locally and globally.
In the interview, Santiago also discusses how he became the founder and original owner of the Minnesota Wind Chill, some of the challenges he faced in launching a new semi-pro Ultimate team, and what he wished he could have accomplished, but didn’t have time to do.
It was great chatting with Santiago again. I hope you enjoy the interview!
Trivia about Santiago Escobar
Below are three trivia questions about Santiago Escobar and his Ultimate career. Can you find all three answers in the interview? The answers are provided at the end of the article.
- What major did Santiago Escobar attend St. Mary’s for?
- What current (as of 2021) Minnesota Wind Chill player brought up the idea of creating an AUDL team to Santiago?
- Santiago Escobar might be the youngest ____________________ in the history of Minnesota (or the US)?
You can check out other articles about the history of Ultimate in Minnesota here, and other interviews here!
- Santiago majored in Sports Management.
- Brandon Mattis (currently captain on the Minnesota Wind Chill) first brought up the idea of bringing an AUDL team to Minnesota.
- Santiago Escobar might be the youngest semi-pro Sports team owner in the history of Minnesota (or the US)?