The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to two competitive women’s ultimate teams. Bella Donna is UW’s premiere team that competes regularly in the North Central region and around the country. Bella has seen the national College Championships numerous times and is a frequent competitor among teams like Iowa, Iowa State, Stanford and Minnesota.
Wisconsin’s B team, Atropa, also competes in local tournaments and is focused towards learning the game and getting experience playing ultimate.
The teams are comprised of freshmen to graduate students. As a program, we encourage those interested — regardless of skill level or experience — to get involved in ultimate.
What is a Bella Donna?
Atropa belladonna, better known as Deadly Nightshade, is a poisonous plant from which the two teams have derived their names. The plant has a history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison. The name Atropa comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name “bella donna” is derived from Italian and means “beautiful woman” because the herb was used in eye-drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.
What is BDL?
Bella Donna Love: The love of ultimate. The love of the team.