Field Hockey Icon Rachel Dawson to Compete in NYC Marathon With Women's Sports Foundation

Oct. 25, 2017, 4:54 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – October 25, 2017 – Former U.S. Women’s National Team member and three-time Olympian, legend Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), is set to etch another athletic feat on her resume as she prepares to run in the 2017 Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5 on behalf of the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF).

Dawson, who retired from the U.S. Women’s National Team following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 298 international caps, will be part of an all-female athletic champion team for the Marathon. Together, the WSF team will be fundraising to further their mission of ensuring access to sports for all girls.

Established in 1974 by tennis icon, Billie Jean King, the WSF believes in the power of sports to teach confidence and teamwork to women and girls.

“My family didn’t have a lot, but what we had was enough,” says Dawson, per her donation page. “We had a backyard, big dining room table and space to play. We had sport, and sport was all we needed.”

“Sport raised me,” continued Dawson. “Competition shaped me. Without it, I wouldn’t be who I am, and my family wouldn’t be what it is. Sport opened the door to unimagined possibility. It paved the way for each of my siblings to go to college. The first generation in my family.”

Dawson is currently halfway to her fundraising goal of $4,000 for the NYC Marathon. Fundraising is set to end on Friday, November 10. If you would like to contribute to Dawson and the rest of the Women’s Sport Foundation team, click here.

Learn more about the grants that WSF gives to grassroots programs working with underserved girls, the champion athletes they support and their latest advocacy and research by visiting www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.

USA Field Hockey is proud to support all athletes and organizations who continue to contribute to improving playing opportunities for both boys and girls in all sports across the globe.