New York, NY, WPH Press, 11/4/17- The New York Athletic Club honored The Great One, Dave Chapman, on the first Saturday in November with a Dave Chapman Remembrance Day. 13 Northeast handballers played in the one-day Dave Chapman Remembrance tournament honoring the nine-time national singles champion, with each sharing their unforgettable memories with The Great One throughout the day. Race 4 Eight #1 Killian Carroll made the trip to the NYAC from Boston to honor the handball legend, while Race 4 Eight #16 Stephen Cooney organized the one-day remembrance event. WPH Outdoor superstar and JR WPH Harris Mellis head coach Danielle Daskalakis joined the Race 4 Eight stars, as well as a number of others paying their respects to the once in a lifetime talent.
“I had the opportunity to play Dave a couple of times in the last year and it was such a privilege,” stated Cooney. “Even though Dave hadn’t played much in the last six years, Dave was still such an amazing player. More importantly, I had a chance to become friends with Dave and he was such an interesting and fun person. I’m going to miss him and I know everyone who knew him will miss him as well.”
Killian Carroll dominated the NYAC Dave Chapman Remembrance Tournament, trouncing his NYAC teammate Stephen Cooney in the final. “Killian is playing awesome,” stated the “Coon Dogg.” He is playing great. Look out to the other pros in Tucson.”
“Thank you to Stephen, the NYAC, and all of the players who came to honor Dave Chapman today,” stated WPH Development Director and great friend to Dave Chapman David Fink. “Dave made such an impact on our sport, both on and off the court, and it’s very touching to see Dave being honored.”
To read “Remembering the Greatest: Dave Chapman Passes Away” and several dozen of Dave’s friend’s memories of him, go here
The World Players of Handball will honor Dave Chapman and Ben Manning at the 2017 Tucson Memorial on Saturday, November 11, with a special service in which their lives will be highlighted and celebrated on the Memorial ESPN3 broadcast.
WPH Senior Writer