Celebrating Legends of the Game

Images Taken by Mark Palczewski

May 21, 2019, 2:47 p.m. (ET)

LANCASTER, Pa. - May 21, 2019 - During halftime of the U.S. Women's National Team vs. China match in the FIH Pro League on Saturday, May 18, Team USA alumni from throughout the decades gathered and were recognized as they shared memories and celebrated past victories. This was made possible by a special Team USA Alumni Reunion that was organized by the USA Field Hockey Foundation to honor the legends of the game.

Several alumni recalled when they first knew they wanted to play the game. Liz Tchou, 1994 World Cup Bronze Winner and Atlanta 1996 Olympian, reminisced about the first time she saw a game and was able to get autographs from players - many of whom were in attendance that evening.

“I looked at my father and proclaimed ‘I wanna wear that uniform,'" said Tchou.

A few other spoke about the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games boycott by the United States and their commitment to staying on and pushing forward to make the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic team where they won bronze. Many alumni also shared the significant impact that legendary coach Vonnie Gros had on their career, who was also in attendance that evening and smiled brightly as stories were shared.

During the halftime festivities, the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games bronze medal winning team and the 1994 World Cup bronze medal winning team received special acknowledgement on their 35th and 25th anniversaries, respectively.

Alumni in attendance featured Larry Amar, Katie Bam, Pam Bustin, Ali Campbell, Diane Clune, Stefanie Fee, Maren Langford, Edith Mabrey, Lauren Pfeiffer and Jan Seeley. Representatives from the 1994 World Cup bronze medal team included Pam Hixon, Missy Meharg, Pam Stuper and Liz Tchou. Representatives from the  Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games bronze medal team included coach Vonnie Gros, Gina Buggy, Brenda Hoffman, Anita Huntsman, Diane Moyer and Julie Staver.

The USA Field Hockey Foundation is committed to making the Team USA Alumni Reunion event an annual occurrence and is actively planning the next one for June 5-7, 2020.

If you are a Team USA alumni and would like to be added to the invitation list, please contact Katie Rictor, USA Field Hockey's Foundation Development Director, at krictor@usafieldhockey.com.