Angels in the Outfield: ‘Team Adam’ Dedicates Flagpole at TASD Baseball Field


Ashlynn McKinney

TAHS senior baseball players raise the flag at the flagpole honoring their friend and teammate Adam Fink.

By Ashlynn McKinney, Tyrone Area High School

A flagpole memorial was dedicated on March 22 at the TAHS baseball field by senior members of the Golden Eagle’s baseball team in honor of a teammate and friend they lost to childhood cancer nine years ago.

The Team Adam Day Committee purchased a flagpole for the field in memory of Adam Fink and honoring the Class of 2021.

“This would be Adam’s senior year and we wanted to dedicate the flagpole in his memory because he was and always will be a part of our team,” said senior Bryce Hunter, “We are dedicating our season to him and we will always remember his love and dedication to his friends and baseball.”

Team Adam Day organizer Terri Shultz thinks that the flagpole is a fitting tribute to Adam.

“The message we want to get out to this year’s baseball team and the future teams at TAHS is that playing baseball is a privilege, life is short, do your best and always remember to have fun,” said Shultz, “Rodney and Brandon mention often that Adam will always be a hero to them [because] he fought the hardest battles as a kid and they always think of him before they take the field at a game.”

Baseball was Adam’s passion, and when he was first diagnosed in 2010, a group of parents led by Shultz, set up the first Team Adam Day to raise money to help the Fink family with the costs of Adam’s treatments and travel expenses.

“Team Adam was a thought I had after taking [my son] Rodney and Brandon to Danville Hospital to visit Adam. Adam was concerned at the time about tryouts for little league and was hoping to get on Rodney [Shultz] and Brandon’s [Lucas] team. Talking with Noelle Lucas, I said we need to do something to honor him and raise funds. We wanted a fun day of baseball with food, dancing, basket raffles, and the community involved. We created Team Adam Day. And by the way, he found his way on Rodney and Brandon’s team.”

The first Team Adam Day was held in May 2012 with the dedication of the “Field of Dreams” baseball field to honor Adam.

Unfortunately, six months later, on the day before his tenth birthday, Adam passed away.

We are dedicating our season to him and we will always remember his love and dedication to his friends and baseball”

— Senior Bryce Hunter

In the years following, Team Adam Day continued with the money going to other local children suffering from serious illnesses. These included the families of Abigail Boyer, Eddie Coltabaugh, Sharon Saylor, and Nathan Kost. Team Adam has raised a total of $17,000 for these families over the years.

Team Adam also made donations to the Danville Ronald McDonald House, Camp Dost, a camp for kids with cancer, and established an annual $500 scholarship for a senior baseball player at Tyrone Area High School.

While Adam won’t take the field with this year’s senior class, his memory will live on with the new flagpole and the other positive contributions to the community that have happened because of Team Adam.

Senior Rodney Shultz said, “Adam will always be our Angel in the Outfield, and the [flagpole] is a great visual reminder of him.”

This story was originally published on Tyrone Eagle Eye News on March 25, 2021.