T. Keller has been exploring and applying the numerous benefits of flying
disc sports and activities for more than two decades. In 1981, using his
experience as a world class flying disc athlete, in collaboration with Hunter
College, Brad developed a therapeutic program that incorporated flying-disc
skills and techniques. This program became an important component of the
Hunter Activities Program for Parents and Youth (HAPPY), for physically
and/or developmentally challenged children. Mr. Keller has conducted his
flying disc workshops at the YMCAs "Keep Kids Off the Street" Program, Camp
Homeward bound (a sleep-away camp for at-risk youth), and has organized
numerous events for the City of New York Parks & Recreation and public schools.
Mr. Keller has produced numerous amateur and professional disc sports
tournaments including the 1985, 95, 97 and 98 Eastern National Freestyle
Championships, The Stern Ultimate Frisbee Challenge, "The Worlds Biggest"
Disc Golf tournament in NYC and the 1996 "Drastic Plastic" World Freestyle
Flying Disc Championships. Mr. Keller holds a degree in furniture design
and engineering. He also works professionally in landscaping, floral design
and participates in the creation of monumental outdoor sculptures as assistant
to Gerald A. Lynas.
Gerald A. Lynas originally founded the New York Flying Disc Institute
(NYFDI) in 1969 as an educational program to teach flying disc skills
to people of all ages. NYFDI organized highly skilled disc players to
perform exhibitions and instructional clinics. The prime objectives of
NYFDI were to elevate flying disc as a legitimate and varied sport and
to promote freestyle as a creative art form. Activities included half
time demonstrations at Madison Square Garden, youth workshops in schools
and summer camps, and production of two national disc championship tournaments
in New York City. In addition to creating several disc games and events,
Mr. Lynas has created numerous works of art related to disc including
paintings, club logos, disc designs, video shorts, and club newsletters.
His work has been featured in a special disc exhibit in the Smithsonian
Institute as well as in other venues. Mr. Lynas, known as "Circus", remains
an active enthusiast and board member of DiscAbilities.
Gerry Lynas is also a world-renowned sculptor best known for his
ephemeral works in sand and snow. He has been featured in most of the
major news media and was recently the subject of a documentary film for
Japanese Public Television. His experience in the visual arts include
graphic design, photography, illustration, book design, film, and multi-media.
He has recently designed and installed a number of large sculptures in
NYC parks with the assistance of his friend Brad Keller.
Harold Duvall was first introduced to flying discs, in 1978, through
the Frisbee physical education class at San Marino High School in Southern
California. In 1982, and again in 1985, he won the Disc Golf World Championships.
In 1983, he co-founded INNOVA Champion Discs with his brother Charlie,
and two friends, Dave Dunipace and Tim Selinske. INNOVA produces targets,
discs and other products for disc golf courses.
For the last fifteen years, through his successful company, Harold
has participated in a multitude of activities that share the basic truth
that disc play is fun for the whole family. From designing and building
dozens disc golf courses across the US, to sharing the gospel with a Frisbee,
to currently organizing the US Disc Golf Championships, Harold is one
of our most active and respected promoters of disc sports. He has made
a substantial contribution to DiscAbilities by assisting in the design,
and providing targets for the disc golf course on Randall's Island in
New York City.