Athletes Bring Competitive Olympic Spirit to 2014 National Futures Championship

June 23, 2014, 10:17 p.m. (ET)

LANCASTER, Pa. – June 25, 2014 – The swoosh of a stick swing, the crack of a ball hitting the back board and the roar of jubilation from athletes pouring heart and sweat into each and every game will take over the pitches at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. this week as the 2014 National Futures Championship (NFC) commences. A total of 680 Futures athletes from across the country will compete in the annual tournament hosted by Harrow Sports, where fun and passion for field hockey collide with a competitive Olympic spirit.

The National Futures Championship runs in conjunction with Olympic Day, an International Olympic Committee initiative that is celebrated by thousands of people, in more than 150 countries. Over 1,000 events will take place nationwide between June 21 and 30 with the objective to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement.

Continuing the momentum from the Under-21 and Futures Elite Championships, the Under-16 division kicks of NFC action June 26-29, followed by Under-14 play June 27-30 with Under-19 athletes rounding out competition June 29 – July 2.

“National Futures Championship is always an exciting event to be a part of and we are thrilled to be located at the phenomenal new Spooky Nook Sports facility this year,” said Caitie Tornes, Manager of Futures and Olympic Development. “With NFC an important part of the Olympic Development Pipeline, it’s a great opportunity for the athletes to play on the same fields where Olympians and World Cup athletes train day in and day out.”

Nearly every athlete on the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team roster and the recent 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup roster developed and grew through USA Field Hockey’s Futures program. At the National Futures Championship, athletes not only have the opportunity to continue along the Olympic Pipeline and be selected for upcoming teams and events, but also have the chance to showcase their skills in front of a slew of top college coaches from all divisions.

Another highlight of this event is the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be taking place at 7 p.m. on June 28, honoring individuals who are being inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame and Honorary Membership positions.

As a reminder, in an effort to go green as an organization and reduce our carbon footprint, the 2014 National Futures Championship is the first USA Field Hockey event moving from a printed programs to a free, online program. Click here to view the program.

Best of luck to all athletes participating at the 2014 National Futures Championship!