Darkside began in the fall of 1993, when a couple of freshmen at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill got together with the idea of forming an Ultimate Frisbee team. From these humble beginnings, grew one of the region’s strongest Ultimate programs. By 1996, Darkside had qualified for its first ever UPA Regional tournament. In the spring of 1999, Darkside qualified for its first ever berth to Nationals. In 2000, the team won Sectionals and Regionals on the way to their second Nationals bid. With so much interest in the growing sport of ultimate on UNC’s campus, Darkside created a B team (B-atCH)intermittently starting in the late 90s. In 2012 B-ATCH has started their own club organization.
In 2001, Darkside battled hard and once again qualified for Nationals, establishing itself as a perennial Ultimate powerhouse. 2002 was a rebuilding year, and despite the efforts of its Callahan Award nominee Rhett Nichols and arguably the most talented rookie class in the nation, Darkside failed to qualify for Nationals in Spokane, WA.
Since that time, Darkside has qualified for Regionals six of the past eight years, making it to Nationals in both 2005 and 2007. In 2012, Darkside started a run of 5 straight nationals appearances taking home the National Championship in 2015.
In the years following its inaugural championship, Darkside has not only returned to Nationals, but has continued to grow its impressive streak of 4 consecutive appearances in the national semi-finals, dating back to 2014.
Beyond these superficial accolades exists a collection of upstanding young gentlemen. Darkside is best described as a group of gentlemen whose dashing good looks and unflappable southern charm are outweighed only by their razor-sharp disc skills, breathtaking athleticism and blinding, white-hot competitive fire. More important still, is their propensity for camaraderie. Like soldiers headed to war, they must rely on each other and trust each other. Being placed in these situations creates an environment where a tight-knit sense of brotherhood is not just commonplace – it’s inevitable.
Competitors, teammates, gentlemen, brothers – This is Darkside.
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