20,000 membership milestone

Aug. 23, 2011, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey has hit the 20,000 membership milestone.
The recent registration of ten-year old Skylar Gilmore set a new record-breaking high and pushed USA Field Hockey over 20,000 members. Over the past five years, membership has increased from 16,300 to 20,000 and in the past twelve months has increased by ten percent, representing the biggest jump in membership in recent times. Skylar will receive stylist Asics apparel as a keepsake.

“We achieved a substantial milestone in joining our 20,000th member,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director. “We are committed to growing the base of the participation pyramid, as the long term health of a sport is directly related to how many young athletes are participating. Looking ahead, we will commit more resources to the critical U12 athlete development to encourage ever more involvement in our sport.”

From Greene, New York, Skylar is a young field hockey enthusiast who joined USA Field Hockey to receive FH Life magazine and regular updates and articles. In addition, Skylar will turn eleven in a few months, marking a one year countdown until eligibility for the Futures program.
Skylar began playing field hockey in Kindergarten and hasn't put her stick down since. Entering sixth grade in just a few weeks, Skylar will play with the Greene Youth Program this fall and join the Southern Tier Furies travel team this winter.
At just ten years of age, Skylar Gilmore has set lofty goals for herself already. Besides making the Futures program, she hopes to make the Greene High School Varsity Team and win a New York State High School Championship title with Coach Sue Carlin.
Even though college is years away, Skylar anticipates earning an athletic scholarship to Syracuse University and continuing her field hockey career with the USA Women’s National Team. If successful at landing the college scholarship, Gilmore’s dad has promised a brand new Volkswagen convertible beetle, her fancied vehicle choice.
She may be young, but be on the lookout for Skylar Gilmore. She is not only USA Field Hockey’s 20,000th member, she is a rising talented field hockey star who you just may read about in years to come.