Congratulations to the recent Philafieldhockey Young Journalist Program Winners, Sydney Lippe and Josie Ashton. The two have earned the opportunity to attend and report on the first game of the U.S. Women’s National Team in the Women’s Pan American Cup. The match, versus Mexico, will be held on Saturday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports. The Pan America Cups, hosted by USA Field Hockey and featuring fifteen international men’s and women’s hockey teams, will run from August 4-13, 2017.
Following the match, Lippe and Ashton will interview players and meet the Pan American Hockey Federation Communications staff. Their articles on the game and event will appear on Philafieldhockey.com next week.
Lippe, of Sparks, Md., is sixteen years old and a rising junior goalkeeper at Hereford High School. The team captured the Maryland State Championship the last two seasons. Lippe is also a member of TNT Field Hockey Club, which advanced to the 2016 USA Field Hockey National Club Championship. “Both my high school and club teams have brought me great opportunities and experiences that have helped me grow into a stronger athlete,” said Lippe. In her submission for the PhilaFH Young Journalist Program, Lippe noted: “In this day and age, journalism plays a very important role in the everyone’s lives… Journalism fascinates me due to journalists’ ability to shape the minds of the public with gathered and learned information. I am interested in the PhilaFH Young Journalist program because even as a teenager, it challenges me to think about my future and what it takes to get there.”
Ashton, of Chatam, N.J., is rising eighth grader at Chatham Middle School and also a member of the Chatham FHC, her town’s youth rec program, as well as Rapid Fire Elite FHC where “I play with the most amazing teammates and friends!” Like Lippe, Ashton is a goalkeeper with a passion for the game and for writing. She was the first to volunteer to suit up in goalie pads when her team took turns in the net — and has never looked back. In her submission, Ashton shared: “[This program] would help me break out of my shell and share my writing with other people because I like to look at things from different perspectives, such as in a field hockey game from a goalie’s perspective rather than a field player… I love to write and I love sports!”
The Philafieldhockey Young Journalist program is an initiative to foster aspiring sports journalists’ passion for writing and field hockey and is supported by USA Field Hockey and the Pan American Hockey Federation.
“I’m really looking forward to the Pan American Cups and to work with Sydney and Josie. I received many terrific submissions for the Young Journalist Program,” noted Kathleen Harte Simone, Philafieldhockey.com Founder & Editor. “But their submissions really stood out not only for their love of hockey but their true interest in sharing their passion in words. They have a gift for expressing themselves already — and in different styles — and I’m pleased to be part of their journey in journalism. It’s funny, too, that they are both goalkeepers!”
For more information on the 2017 Pan American Cups and to purchase tickets, click here to be directed to USA Field Hockey’s site.
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