USA Field Hockey Celebrates National Boy Scout Day

Feb. 08, 2018, 1:28 p.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 8, 2018 - USA Field Hockey is doing the good deed of the day in celebrating National Boy Scouts Day. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. The organization is dedicated to developing young people through leadership and character development.   

USA Field Hockey is proud to support two of our very own Eagle Scouts. Shawn Hindy is a former U.S. Men’s National Team member (1995-2006) and current member of USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors:

“Boy Scouts helped me grow as a leader and a person," said Hindy. "I learned what is was like to be part of a team. It helped me in my role on the U.S. Men’s National Team and all other teams that I have been a part of. There are many similarities between Boy Scouts and field hockey and it would be great to share that relationship with more boys throughout the country.”

Chip Rogers, Miami University of Ohio's assistant coach, is grateful for his Boy Scout experiences as well, as it helped create the foundation of who he is today.

“Scouting for me was an opportunity to learn more about myself and the world around me," said Rogers. "From my first days in Cub Scouts, I was encouraged to do my best, to do my duty and to help others. I was challenged physically and mentally, and there is no question that my Boy Scout training helped me on the athletic fields as well. As a Boy Scout, the growth continued. I could pursue merit badges in areas that were interesting, challenging, and just plain fun. At camps I learned, literally, how to find my way out of a forest, how to assess a situation and make the most of it."

"As a Scout, I promised to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight," continued Rogers. "As an athlete, I work to stay in shape, keep focused, and practice good sportsmanship at all times. Nothing has changed. The opportunity to link Boy Scouts with this great sport is a fantastic chance to connect two organizations who are dedicated to the growth and development of young people. And just like I learned in Scouts, I am prepared to make a difference.”  

Field hockey is one of the most popular and widely played sports in the world and is an Olympic sport for men and women. USA Field Hockey wants boys of all ages to have the opportunity to play field hockey and encourages this with the help USA Field Hockey’s new Scout Program. This program awards a patch to boy scouts who combine their passion of field hockey and boy scouts. The program is designed to grow the game by raising awareness and generating trial opportunities for scouts across the country. USA Field Hockey plans to attend the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas at in May to promote the new Scout Program. For more information about the Scout Program or to share your story, please contact sportdevelopment@usafieldhockey.com.