US Mens National Volunteers Time with Youth and Veterans
The US Men’s
National Field Hockey Squad has kept busy the last few weeks with various
clinics and volunteer opportunities around the Chula Vista, Cali. community.
The clinics served as opportunities to thank sponsors, honor veterans and
expose individuals to the sport of field hockey.
The team recently hosted a hockey clinic sponsored by AT&T at
the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. The clinic involved corporate AT&T
employees and for most, the experience was their first run-in with the sport.
hosted two 45 minute clinics for almost 60 participants. After introductions,
the squad went on to explain the game, demonstrate basic fundamentals, and
describe equipment and precautions all before they even got a stick in their
hands. The participants were able to test out their skills with a small circuit
consisting of dribbling, goal scoring and 3v3 small game stations.
To end, the
US Men’s National Squad showed off their own skills by giving the employees a
goal scoring demonstration, wowing them with drag flicks, chip shots and
backhand goals. After a final huddle of “Thank you’s” and cheers for USA, the
participants took a little bit of field hockey back to the office and the squad
went back to practice.
For Veteran’s Day, members of the US Men’s National Squad honored those who have
served in the military by participating in a city-wide event on the naval
vessel the USS Midway. The USS Midway is docked in San Diego Bay, and each
year, hosts a celebratory Veteran’s Day event on the flight deck.
celebration included a variety of festivities for the whole family, food
vendors, concerts, and fly overs by vintage planes. Members of the squad
represented Team USA alongside the US Women’s Rugby team in the Chula Vista
Olympic Training Center Booth. The squad signed autographs, handed out posters
and hosted a small clinic.
clinic, the team set up small games for children taking part in the Veteran’s
Day celebration. Games ranged from the fan-favorite “Sharks and Minnows” to
goal scoring and dribbling drills. Many of the participants were not familiar
with the sport, but took a quick liking to the game and enjoyed the experience
of learning from Team USA athletes.
enjoyed a day of growing the game with community youth and honoring those who have
served in the military.