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Shawnee Sports Complex plays host to frisbee tournament

September 26, 2018

CHARLESTON — The inaugural Ulmost Heaven tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30 at Shawnee Sports Complex in Dunbar, West Virginia. The field of ultimate Frisbee squads includes two clubs from North Carolina, as well as club and college teams from West Virginia.

“Ultimate Frisbee is one of the world’s fastest growing sports, and its popularity is rising in the Mountain State,” said Danny Forinash, one of the event’s organizers. “This region has lots of dedicated players who travel throughout the year to tournaments in other states. We felt like it was time West Virginia host an event that would spotlight the sport and showcase the state at the same time.”

The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau (CCVB) is sponsoring the event.

“We’re always striving to bring new audiences and visitors to the Kanawha Valley, and Shawnee provides the opportunity to bring new kinds of events to the area,” said Tim Brady, vice president of sales and marketing for the CCVB. “Once players from other state experience what this region has to offer, we know they’ll want to come back.”

Ulmost Heaven is hosted in conjunction with OktoberWest, the Saturday, Sept. 29, fundraiser for Charleston Main Streets, which also is supporting the tournament. OktoberWest functions as the tournament’s Saturday night celebration, which is common for ultimate tournaments.

Pool play is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Sept. 29. The tournament begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 30.

“The Shawnee Sports Complex team is excited to host this first-ever event,” said Samantha Carney, Shawnee’s director of operations. “This is one of the region’s best sports facilities, and we love having a wide variety of sports and activities on our fields. Our hope is Ulmost Heaven can be a staple that gets larger each year.”

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