The Chattanooga Flying Disc Club was founded by Shawn Adams, who started playing Ultimate Frisbee while he was still in high school in the early eighties.
According to testimonies from his friends and family, Shawn Adams embodied the essence of Ultimate Frisbee—passion, sportsmanship, ambition—and was an inspiration to those around him. He lived for Ultimate, and, on April 10, 1994, he died for Ultimate.
Shawn Adams was struck by lighting during an Ultimate Frisbee game in Nashville. He was only twenty-nine years old. On his memorial page, friend Randy Hollingsworth described Adams as a martyr for the sport, elaborating, “If God had come to the fields that day in Nashville and asked, ‘Who will die for Ultimate right now? Someone must go with me now,’ Shawn would have been the first one to answer, ‘Take me!’ He was that kind of person...Shawn did as much as he possibly could to play, learn, and perfect his own Ultimate skills and, moreover, to pass along his knowledge, spirit, and love of the game to others. He developed Ultimate into a local Chattanooga super cool thing that everyone enjoyed.”
This Saturday and Sunday, the twenty-third Shawn Adams Memorial Spirit of the Game Ultimate Tournament will take place, giving the Chattanooga Flying Disc Club an opportunity to commemorate their founding father and his passion for the game. As with all CFDC events, amateur and professional disc golfers are both welcome.
Both events will take place at the Camp Jordan Disc Golf course in East Ridge, Tennessee.