Chris Chase was a well-traveled member of the sports media. He began his career in journalism with Yahoo! After that, he became one of the founders of USA Today’s For The Win. From there he went to Fox Sports. He had returned to USA Today after Fox’s digital department went through a round of layoffs in 2017. Chris passed away yesterday at the age of 37.
Mike Foss, who co-founded For The Win with Chase, wrote an obituary for him on the website.
A longtime Maryland resident, Chase was a swim coach at his alma mater Winston Churchill High School and a school teacher before beginning his career in journalism. He covered the 2008 Summer Olympics for Yahoo!, providing an unrivaled blend of analysis and wit that would become a trademark in his writing for the next decade.
Chase was a founding member of For The Win, where he was responsible for approximately half the lists ever written on the site. There were few topics Chase would back down from, and his encyclopedic knowledge became indispensable to his colleagues.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Chase’s family with funeral expenses. His former co-worker Matt Ryan set the goal of the campaign at $25,000. As of this posting, it has raised over $12,500.