NYCPUL Remembers Amir from Rocky

It is a terrible loss for the Ultimate community. No one had done more in recent years to raise the level of play and visibility of Ultimate in Manhattan than Amir. His enthusiasm and passion for the game was virtually unrivaled both on and off the field. Though he was an occasional thorn in my side, and may have had an even lower opinion of me, he certainly was a rose in the field of Ultimate personalities. I am certain this next Saturday’s game will begin with an unreturned pull and a moment of silence. And the initial disc should remain where it landed for the first point of the first game. The anguish that his family and those that were close to him must feel is unfathomable. Perhaps, in time, they might find some small comfort knowing how this will be shared by some of those that did know him. So I echo Josh’s call for a tribute from those that wish to write something in his honor.


NYCPUL Remembers Amir from Josh Lichtman

Tragic Ultimate News: loss of NYCPUL founder and dustbowl regular!

We have had another loss in the Dust Bowl ultimate community. I was just told that Amir Lopatin died in a car crash a couple of days ago. His funeral was today. His family will be sitting Shiva for the next week in Englewood NJ. I will pass along specifics as soon as possible. I really want to tell his family about what he meant to us. I know that
all of us who played in the summer league over the last two years are grateful for all the hard work he put into it, and I know that I always enjoyed playing with him.

-Josh Lichtman

NYCPUL Remembers Amir from Daniel M. Bernstein

I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. If I may, I have a few NYCPUL memories to share:

I was so glad when Amir created NYCPUL several years ago. It was a pleasure to have an organized ultimate league here in the city, since like most people I was used to playing pickup in the dustbowl in Central Park atop rocks and glass and whatnot.

Amir put a great deal of effort into getting the playing field and organizing the league, both tough tasks in NYC. I know many people (myself included), really enjoyed playing organized ultimate for the first time in a long time. I still have my t-shirt from the first season and will think of Amir whenever I wear it on the field.

Daniel M. Bernstein

nycpul 2003 draft night

i didn’t know amir that well just from the few times i talked to him or played with him on the ultimate field. but i do remember the first time i met amir on draft night for the nycpul 2003 spring league. there were 6 captains (including amir) reviewing the draft pool of co-ed players. i know everybody was revving for a good team and trying to read into the line stats for the draft players. but i remember amir distinctly selecting some not so ‘great’ players just because he wanted to have a fun team and make sure everybody got a spot in the league. i remembering thinking that this is a good guy with great spirit that embodied the spirit of ulitmate frisbee. i wish him peace where ever he now is.

from an Ultimate Frisbee voice

Amir’s energy, efforts and presence added much to our Ultimate community. His initiative in pulling together a summer league was matched by his diplomacy and grace at handling the ‘hotheads’ in our midsts, and his willingness to manage the administrative tasks, all the while making it all so much fun. AND he played such a good, clean game. We say in this sport, “Ultimate doesn’t develop character, it reveals it.” It surely revealed the jewel of Amir.
How amazing that this one young man touched so very many lives around him. He was truly one of the special ones. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Shalom. –