Weekly Report Week of July 15

July 16, 2013, 12:38 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report -Week of July 15, 2013

We received some great news earlier this month with Proctor & Gamble confirming the extension of their sponsorship of USA Field Hockey’s Fundamental Field Hockey. We are delighted that such an esteemed brand as P&G has been so supportive of our Fundamental Field Hockey program. We share a collective goal to encourage ever more young kids to get active and play our Olympic sport for the first time. Together with P&G, our sport development programming benefits from the support of the Horner Foundation and Harrow Sports. The significant resources they provide enable us to introduce the sport to ever more young athletes and push us forward on our mission to Grow the Game.

Earlier this year, we launched the Grow the Game campaign, a program designed to expose our sport and increase participation while providing opportunities to develop all components of the game.  In conjunction with our new developments, we launched our first ever, digital fundraising campaign, Grow the Game.  This fundraising initiative will take place during the summer ending on our second annual, National Field Hockey Day, September 14th.  All gifts designated to our Grow the Game campaign will make a direct impact on our programming.  Your gift will sustain and provide the opportunities to increase the amount of men and children playing our sport, while also providing opportunities for post-collegiate play.  A gift of any size will also directly impact the development of our coaches and officials as well as expose the game in non-tradition locations all over the Nation.  Be on the lookout this summer for more information about the influence your gift will make on lives of others. 

To make a gift or find out more information about ways you can get involved on and off the field, please visit http://bit.ly/1dA3k99

Our USA Field Hockey Men’s Senior National Team safety arrived back in the States yesterday after series of six test matches with several teams in the Melbourne area. It was a great experience for our men after a five month hiatus from international competition as head coach Chris Clements was reconstituting the team. The team, now based at the Chula Vista, California Olympic Training Center near San Diego, showed its rustiness early on. However, as the series progressed, the team begin displaying promise. The series was meant as a preparatory opportunity for the upcoming Pan Am Championships to be staged in Toronto, Ontario, Canada later this year. The team’s next test series will occur in Chula Vista with Chile in August.

Beginning this past Sunday, our USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team began the acclimation process to become involved with the Lancaster, Pennsylvania community. I mentioned the process in last week’s Weekly. Beyond the fundamental issues at hand such as finding a place to stay, a potential job and/or educational opportunity plus spending the necessary time training, our athletes are being introduced to the loftiest of the lofty in Lancaster through two receptions sponsored by Barton, Hartman, Underhill and Brudaker LLP and the law firm of Parente and Barley. The receptions will fall on Tuesday and Thursday evening at The Nook, our new Home of Hockey. It is an invitation-only affair. We expect 300 pillars of the Lancaster community to be on hand. For those not familiar with our new Home of Hockey location in Lancaster, it is a city of Dutch origins filled with caring people who are willing to invest in having an Olympic sport in their midst. Thursday’s reception will be the first encounter for many of the principals of Lancaster to become familiar with their new residents. They are excited. We are, too.

And, by the way, yesterday our senior women’s team took an update tour of The Nook and met our new chef. The Nook has employed a chef to provide Olympic Training Center caliber food for our athletes, and all others that will be using the facility and using the cafeteria/restaurant complex. If you have never eaten in an Olympic Training Center, it is unlike any other place…well, except for The Nook now. The food is totally healthy fare with an emphasis of properly fueling athlete bodies.

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Have a great week!