USA Field Hockey Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Today, we celebrate female athletes young and old and their dedication to sports across the United States.

Feb. 07, 2018, 12 p.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 7, 2018 - USA Field Hockey joins the celebration of the 32nd anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Since 1987, women and girls across the country have come together on this day to celebrate their achievements in sport, embrace their strength and will in numbers, and empower other women and girls to participate in sport. 

As a young girl, the British born native, Constance M.K. Applebee, pushed passed contradictory beliefs that women were too frail to exercise and began to play field hockey. Applebee quickly recognized the positive benefits of sport and physical activity and continued to play. In 1901 at the age of 29, Applebee came to the United States to attend a course at Harvard University. It was during a discussion with her peers that she introduced them to the sport of field hockey. It was so well received that she began to tour women’s colleges to introduce others to the sport. Since then, field hockey has created a rich tradition in the United States. It provides women and girls a healthy and fun opportunity to stay active and learn lessons through sport with more than 1,800 high school field hockey programs and more than 280 field hockey clubs across the country. In the fall of 2018, there is expected to be 291 collegiate field hockey programs with more to come in 2019! As the sport is growing across the country, the U.S. Women’s National Team is moving up in world rankings as they holding a current FIH Hero World Ranking of No. 7.

“USA Field Hockey recognizes that sports can be transformative in people’s lives," said Sally Goggin, USA Field Hockey's National Development Director. "Sports participation promotes multiple healthy behaviors and leads to higher achievement in school and professional careers. Sport participation is particularly important for teen girls, 60% of teen girls participate in sport, compared to the 75% of boys that participate in sport across the country. Field hockey was one of the first sports that women in the United States were encouraged and permitted to play. Thank you to all of our members, schools and clubs that continue to work and advocate to grow the game. Field hockey creates leaders, and we are proud of the fact that almost 80% of our coach members and 70% of our umpire members are women."

What are you waiting for? Pick up a stick and join in on the fun! Take part in National Girls and Women in Sports Day by playing field hockey with the women and girls in your community and celebrate your love for the game!