Leija Helling

Name: Leija Helling, #12

AKA: Lei, Laylay, LeiJa

Age: 21

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Position: D-line Handler

Off-field Role: Social squad

Seasons on Brute Squad: 1st! 

Ultimate Resume: 

  • Amherst Regional HS 2015-2018, captain
  • BUDA YCC 2016-2017, captain
  • Happy Valley 2017
  • Valley Ultimate YCC 2018, captain
  • Siege 2019
  • Tufts EWO 2020-2023, captain

In real life I… study Biology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, do garden education in Somerville public schools, and coach/counselor at NUTC (aka the best camp). When I’m not playing frisbee, I love doing anything in the woods of Massachusetts: Camping, hiking, biking, hammocking, swimming, and bad nature photography. Going to Finland to see family and do more things in the woods. And spikeball and board games of course.

Favorite pump up jam: Early Justin Bieber or any High School Musical Troy solo

Tell an embarrassing story: In 3rd grade I got a pair of blue fuzzy sparkly earmuffs for my birthday and wore them to school every single day until they broke 6 months later.

Fun Facts:  

  • I’m half Finnish, I lived there as a kid and I’m fluent
  • Growing up I basically only did winter sports: ice skating, snowboarding and cross country skiing
  • I once accidentally visited the filming location of High School Musical 2, then we found out and danced on the golf course where Troy sings Bet On It

What was your first AOL screen name? leijabear

Who is your Ultimate role model? Leila Tunnell

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Being on my phone #noscreenagers

What is your most irrational fear? Stirring peanut butter

What is your Harry Potter House, etc.? Buzzfeed says 33% Ravenclaw, 29% Gryffindor, 25% Hufflepuff, and 13% Slytherin. 64/80 on empathy test…

Social Media Bio:

Next up for rookie bios we have our newest member of Amherst Squad #canesinherveins This current junior captain of T-U-F-T-S Ewo began her ultimate career at Amherst Regional High School, followed by stints on YCC teams, Happy Valley, and Seige. Off the frisbee field, she loves any adventures in the woods of Massachusetts and Finland (she’s fluent in Finnish) – camping, hiking, biking, hammocking, and bad nature photography. Ask her to stir a jar of peanut butter, though…that’s one adventure too extreme. Does a childhood athletic experience competing exclusively in winter sports translate to success on the frisbee field? In the wise words of her fav pump up jam by Troy Bolton, you can “Bet On It,” (you’ll need to ask her about the time she recreated his HSM2 dance on the very same golf course featured in the 2007 film). We’re so excited to play with #12 Leija Helling on Brute Squad this season! Keep an eye out for her textbook Amherst throws, thoughtful leadership, and strong field sense in San Diego in a couple short weeks! #leijabear #teamyoung