Trevor Travels from North Carolina Grassroots to Scotland's Grand Pitch
This Trevor was submitted from North Carolina and trekked all over Scotland with our Women's National Team. Our medical team, Jessica Hoenich and David Higgins, our USA umpires Steph Judefind and Maggie Giddens and even our Executive Director Steve Locke took Trevor around the pitch and town in Glasgow. Keep submitting Trevors for a chance to have your custom cut-out and team featured on usafieldhockey.com!
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To some, Team USA’s Michelle Kasold, Lauren Crandall and Jamie Whitten-Montgomery were fierce rivals. To others, they may be idols or role models. To Melissa Martin, founder of NC Triad Field Hockey Club and former Demon Deacon stand-out, she just calls them teammates.
After graduating from Wake Forest University, Martin remained in the Winston-Salem area and formed the NC Triad Field Hockey Club in 2010. Today, her club has colored in, cut-out and sent in a Traveling Trevor who is now hanging out with the Women’s National Team, and her former team mates, at Champions Challenge in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Growing up in Pennsylvania, the heartland of hockey, I was fortunate to have limitless field hockey opportunities right in my hometown,” said Martin. “After graduating from Wake Forest and making roots in the area, I wanted to continue pursuing my passion for field hockey.”
After quickly learning that opportunities to play locally were very limited, Martin started camps, clinics, and forming teams that developed into the NC Triad Field Hockey Club. All ages, abilities, and genders are welcome to play for NC Triad. They have youth beginner teams ranging to adult teams, and everyone else in-between.
“It has been a rewarding experience to inspire others and watch the sport grow in our area,” said Martin. “I am so grateful for my former field hockey experiences and I truly enjoy giving back to the hockey community.”
The NC Triad Field Hockey Club is geared toward developing field hockey players of all levels and ages by providing players the opportunity to train, compete and travel year round. The goal is for players to grow as an athlete, instill a passion and appreciation for the game, and improve fundamental skills. NC Triad is committed to exposing the sport of field hockey and inspiring participation for all.
“Our girls love to follow the USA Field Hockey teams and players,” said Martin. “They’ve had several ‘Olympian celebrity encounters’ with a few of my former teammates coming back in town and putting on clinics. We also had the opportunity to host a group of players from Pakistan through the Sports Peace Society, which was a great exposure and fun event for our players.”
“From everyone at NC Triad, good luck to our U.S. team currently competing in the Champions Challenge!” said Julia Cullinan, club member and high school freshman. “Thank you for representing our nation and motivating us all in the hockey community! You are an inspiration!”