Pick up the spirit by picking up a stick on National Field Hockey Day

Aug. 08, 2013, 11:01 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – August 8, 2013 – For an entire day, the contagious love of field hockey is leaping over county lines and hurdling from state to state in celebration of USA Field Hockey’s second annual National Field Hockey Day. The event will be held Saturday, September 14th to connect coaches, clubs, athletes, umpires and those who simply enjoy the sport for a day dedicated to proudly displaying our passion for the game. We encourage our members and fans to participate all week long with their friends and families for a chance to win some great prizes.

“National Field Hockey Day is USA Field Hockey’s chance to encourage our members to share the game with friends and promote our sport on a national level,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director of USA Field Hockey. “We are excited to enter our second year of this initiative and look forward to even more participation from our amazing field hockey community.”

Last year, universities hosted free clinics, clubs held special training for brothers and dads, former players organized pick-ups in the park, even a field hockey themed cake was made. However you choose to celebrate, let us know via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by using @USAFieldHockey and #NFHDay. We will post the submissions throughout the week.

We will be giving awards for:

-          Most Spirit

-          Biggest Celebration

-          Most Unique/Creative

-          Growing the Game

Ways to Celebrate:

-          Invite neighbors, family, and friends to watch you play

-          Host a youth clinic with your team

-          Umpire or coach a game

-          Host an equipment drive for a community or team in need

-          Submit “old school” photos for Throwback Thursday

-          Get creative with signs, t-shirts and headbands

Submitting  Throwback Thursday Photos

Please e-mail your favorite “old school” field hockey photos to growthegame@usafieldhockey.com before Thursday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. EDT. You can also participate on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using @USAFieldHockey #NFHDayTBT. 

In addition, clubs and communities can download the Official National Field Hockey Day Logo and inscribe their town or team in the banner. USA Field Hockey encourages Member Clubs and Teams to download and use the logo to help promote National Field Hockey Day in your community. Download your National Field Hockey Day logo by clicking here!