2018 National Club of the Year Award Winner Video: Windy City

March 06, 2018, 3:05 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - March 6, 2018 - Each week, USA Field Hockey will be celebrating a Hall of Fame Inductee, Honorary Member or Award Winner prior to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame and Awards Gala, presented by STX, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Md. 

USA Field Hockey is proud to announce that Windy City was selected as the People’s Choice National Club of the Year.

When people think of hockey hotbeds, Illinois probably isn’t top of mind. But that didn’t stop Katie and Keith Beach from moving their family from the East Coast to Chicago in 2009 and purchasing the Windy City Field Hockey Club from its founders, Barb Liles and Warren Dorn. The Beach’s took Chicago area field hockey by storm. Under their guidance, Windy City has become one of USA Field Hockey’s largest, most successful and competitive clubs in the country.

Windy City Field Hockey’s mission is to emphasize excellence through the development of individual skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. Their philosophy is to offer a competitive field hockey environment focused on the development of technical proficiency, tactical understanding and physical well-being of players in a constructive atmosphere. Windy City offers professionally run programs for girls and boys of all ages, skill levels and commitments. Many of their players go on to play in college and several have made the U.S. National Development Teams, which is no small feat coming from a state with just over 20 high school programs. Field hockey is growing in Illinois, and Windy City’s leadership has generously contributed to that growth. 

Accepting the award is Windy City Director, Katie Beach. Katie is a member of the USA Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. She played on the U.S. Women’s National Team for ten years from 1994-2004, was the USA Field Hockey Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003 and captain in 2003 and 2004. She is an Atlanta 1996 Olympian who competed in two Pan American Games and two World Cups, earning 180 international caps in her career. Katie was the head coach at Columbia University for four years after assisting at University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, her alma mater. As a Terrapin, she earned multiple accolades including two-time All-American Honors. Her husband, Keith, is the owner of Windy City Field Hockey and was an All-American soccer player at Maryland before going on to play professional soccer in Europe and Major League Soccer in the United States.

Join us as we celebrate and honor all of the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees, Honorary Members and Award Winners on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Tickets to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame and Awards Gala can be purchased by clicking here.