October 23, 2021 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire, News with 0 comments
Walden Nelson, a long-time handler for Chicago Machine, was named the winner of the 2021 Peter Farricker Spirit Award.
The Farricker Award is given to a men’s division player that competes with “personal responsibility, integrity, and fairness combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Nelson is one of the captains of Machine and has been a long-time leader for the team. He helped lead Machine’s defensive line en route to a National finals appearance in 2019. He was unable to compete at Nationals this year due to a torn ACL suffered at Great Lakes Regionals but remained an active and vocal presence on the sideline. He was described by Machine player Peter Graffy as the “heart and soul” of the team.
He has been playing with Machine for 11 years.