Athletes Bring Competitive Olympic Spirit to 2013 National Futures Championship

June 18, 2013, 12:28 a.m. (ET)

From June 20-26 the Earth’s latitude and longitude lines will shimmy and shift as 40 Olympic cities relocate to Virginia Beach, Va. for USA Field Hockey’s National Futures Championship (NFC). An invitation has been extended to 680 Futures athletes from across the country to compete in the annual tournament hosted by Harrow Sports, where fun and pure enthusiasm for field hockey collide with a competitive Olympic spirit. 

The National Futures Championship runs in conjunction with Olympic Day, an event that is celebrated by thousands of people, in more than 160 countries. Over 700 events will take place nationwide between June 21 and 30 with the objective to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement. USA Field Hockey will celebrate Olympic Day with fun giveaways and Olympic athlete autograph sessions. 

The Under-19 division kicks off the summer event from June 20-23 and Under-14 matches run June 21-24. Continuing the momentum the Under-21 and Futures Elite Championship both run from June 20-25 and Under-16 division concludes the National Futures Tournament from June 23-26.

“We’re expecting our best Championship yet,” said Caitie Tornes Manger of Futures and Olympic Development. “We received a lot of positive feedback when we created an Olympic-themed celebration and we’re bringing that same energy to the 2013 venue. It’s going to be a lot fun and our staff is truly excited for all of this year’s participants.”

Nearly every athlete on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Team rosters developed and grew through USA Field Hockey's Futures program. At the National Futures Championship, athletes will not only have the chance to continue along the Olympic Pipeline but will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills to a gamut of top college coaches from all divisions.

"Virtually every athlete that has played or is playing on the U.S. Women’s National Team has competed in the National Futures Tournament," said 2012 Olympian Katie Reinprecht. "We remember the Virginia Beach heat, the competitive nature of the games, and most importantly, the incredible memories we made with our friends playing the sport we love." 

Another highlight of the event is the Athlete Celebration Dinner which will take place at the National Training Center at 7 p.m. on June 22 for the Under-14 and Under-19 athletes and on June 24 for the Under-16 athletes. The evening will start with an Opening Ceremonies where all attendees will enjoy a fun photo booth, a delicious dinner and an evening filled with giveaways and entertainment.  Athletes will be decorating shirts, that will be provided by USA Field Hockey and Harrow Sports, to wear during the opening ceremonies to show their team spirit.

Tickets for the Athlete Celebration Dinner will be available at the USA Field Hockey Booth beginning June 21. Additional tickets will be available for purchase on the 21st only for the U-14 and U-19 dinner and on June 23 only for the U-16 dinner. Athletes will receive their tickets from their coaches prior to the dinner.

View this year's National Futures Championship schedule, results and rosters by clicking here