Florida Flight Mourn the Unexpected Passing of Rookie Center Chris Uhle
(Orlando, FL) Former Florida Flight Center Chris Uhle passed away unexpectedly this past Wednesday, August 19th, at the tender age of 22 years old.
While the official cause of death has not yet been published, unofficial reports suggest he went into cardiac arrest before heading to an early morning workout in Atlanta.
"We've lost the life of a young man that had such promise ahead of him. As a coach, you never imagine something like this happening," said Flight Owner and Head Coach Mark King. "He was only with us for a short time, but I spent a lot of time talking with him and his father early on during the recruiting process. It didn't take long to convince me that he was not only an outstanding basketball player, but an exceptional person. He'll be deeply missed by everyone."
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound standout center from Rollins College played in just 2 regular season games for the Flight, averaging 9.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in his rookie professional debut season.
"He's one of the most talented players we've recruited," said King. "A coach's dream. A big guy who could shoot the three better than most guards. A great shot blocker. He had a promising professional career ahead of him, making this all the more incredibly difficult to comprehend."
Uhle was in Atlanta preparing for his next professional playing opportunity. He signed to play for the Saitama Broncos in Japan. He was scheduled to leave in two weeks.
Kasey Wilson, another rookie recruit this season, was particularly shocked by the news. The two squared off regularly as youngsters in AAU tournaments throughout the country.
"I remember battling Chris all over the country while he was with the Florida Rams AAU team," expressed Wilson. "I was excited to finally play alongside of him. He was a great player and an even better person. I really appreciate getting to know him more personally over the last few short months. He'll continue to live on throughout all of our spirits. Flight Nation will miss him."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Chris, and especially to Craig and Alisa Uhle," continued King. "As a father of three myself, I just can't comprehend how someone handles a tragedy of this nature. I pray that God's grace, comfort and peace surround them in this time of sorrow."
The funeral service for Uhle will be held Monday, August 24, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, located at 5 SE 17th Street Ocala, Florida 34471. A viewing will be held Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, located at 5740 S. Pine Avenue Ocala, Florida 34480.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Christopher's memory to:
Marion County Animal Services
5701 SE 66th Street
Ocala, Florida 34480
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