Weekly Report April 1

April 02, 2013, 3:36 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of April 1, 2013 

April 1 was not just an ordinary day.  Members of our Men’s and Women’s National Team joined hundreds of other elite level athletes and nearly 30,000 kids on the front lawn of the White House for the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll. 

Across the grounds, professional, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes encouraged children to eat healthy and stay active. USA Field Hockey athletes, Lauren Crandall, Rachel Dawson, Will Holt, Ajai Dhadwal, Jesse Gey, and Julia and Katie Reinprecht guided boys and girls through the FUNdamental Field Hockey station for 10 straight hours, while NFL running back, Adrian Peterson, men’s gymnastics Olympian, Johnny Orzoco, NASCAR driver, Danica Patrick, and MLS stars from DC United and the Philadelphia Union showed kids their respective sports. Children as young as two and as old as 14, took turns trying field hockey, many for the first time. A photo gallery from the event has been posted on usafieldhockey.com.

A special thanks to Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Shellie Pfohl and Chris Watts, members of the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for allowing us to showcase our sport on the south lawn of the White House.  An amazing day, all-around!  

The U.S. Women’s Team is headed to Auckland, New Zealand for two Four Nations tournaments featuring Argentina, New Zealand, Korea and the U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham selected a youthful squad, including eight athletes with less than 10 caps to the U.S. roster for the tour. Five collegiate athletes, including, Caitlyn Van Sickle (University of North Carolina), Maxine Fluharty (University of Maryland), Nikki Parsley (Northwestern University), Amanda Fleischut (Drexel University) and Emma Bozek (University of North Carolina) will look to make their debut wearing the Team USA jersey.

Balancing the youth is a core group of experienced, Olympic veterans, including Lauren Crandall who will earn her 200th cap with Team USA on this tour.  Follow the U.S. Women’s Team in New Zealand on Twitter @USAFieldHockey and on usafieldhockey.com. 

Our Junior Women's Team and Senior Women's Indoor Team have been representing the U.S. on the international stage over the last several weeks. The U.S. Women's Indoor Team recently returned from Buenos Aires, Argentina where they made history by defeating their hosts for the first time in the Women's Indoor program history. The U.S. Junior Women's Team recently returned from Holland following a successful tournament for both the U-17 and U-19 squads. Congratulations to the young women who wore the red, white and blue and represented Team USA with pride.  

The continuation of reflections by the men and boys of the sport Steve Boniface has lived in the USA for years and continually shares his love of hockey.

Hockey has been my life for as long as I can remember. I recall my entire family playing on Saturdays back in Australia. The boys games and girls games were in the morning and the women's game started around lunch time and the men's games in the afternoon. Once younger players were ready, they could step up and play boys in the morning and the men's in the afternoon.

I try to be as involved in our sport as much as possible. I coach my club team, Regional Futures, National Futures, Junior Olympics and also umpire the college season.

Hockey has been such a positive element in my life and has kept me out of a lot of trouble! While High School friends were out getting into trouble, I was committed to my team and my sport. I really owe our sport so much! I smile every time I think about my old playing days and also when I know I am about to go out and coach new players!

Hockey is LIFE! Steve Boniface

Sign up today to participate in one of the Harrow Sports / NFHCA Spring Coaches Clinics close to you Three separate Clinics will be held at the following locations: May 11 at the University of Vermont, May 11 at Lehigh University and June 22 at Wittenberg University. Clinics are FREE for all 2012-13 members of the NFHCA Cost for nonmembers is $125.

Email the NFHCA for more information: hilary.kuss@nfhca.org

Field Hockey Makes Faces in the Crowd, Sports Illustrated In this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section Mae Shoemaker made a little history. Mae is from Stow, Massachusetts and has been an eighth grade teacher and 14-year hockey coach at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. She won her third Division I state title with a victory over Shrewsbury High lifting her record to 141-20-20. Mae is also the mother of 2008 Olympic Games triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, and has run in 24 straight Boston Marathons. Whew!!


Have a great week!

Steve Locke 
Executive Director 
USA Field Hockey