Meet the Player: Asha Gillette followed calling to Liberty as one of many MKs on ultimate team
Liberty University women’s ultimate player Asha Gillette, who graduated in May with a B.Ed. in Social Studies Education after playing for the Lady Flames’ ultimate team for the past four seasons, was raised in New Delhi, India, as the daughter of missionaries.
In the 2018-19 season, Gillette’s freshman year, she was one of seven missionary kids on the Lady Flames’ ultimate team, along with Hilary Kline (Belize, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Peru) who served overseas teaching ultimate to in Thailand that year; Sarah Hensel (Germany, Jordan); Anna Havill (Peru); Brianna Kuo (China), and Anna Marie Stow (Uganda, Kenya, Chile), a sister of recent graduate Caleb Stow.
She chose Liberty because she sought to continue her education at a Christian university.
“That was something very important for me, just the emphasis on faith was something that I knew I really wanted,” Gillette said. “I visited campus as a senior in high school and definitely felt that this was the place for me. There is a big group of missionary kids here at Liberty.”
If she could have any superpower, it would be teleportation, “so I could travel the world without going on an airplane, wherever I want,” to carry on her family’s missionary calling.
She picked up ultimate at the age of 12 when she was introduced to the sport by a teacher who played it and organized a league for students.
“I just played pickup throughout middle school and high school, but I first started playing officially when I was a freshman here at Liberty, and I have loved it,” Gillette said.
One of her favorite Scripture verses is Philippians 4:6-7, which reads, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
“That’s just something I hold onto whenever I get stressed or nervous or anxious about anything,” Gillette said. “Just realizing that in Christ, we don’t have to be that way. We can just focus on what we’re thankful and just accept God’s peace.”
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