By Kathleen Harte Simone Philafieldhockey.com Founder & Editor
Less than a month away: the highly anticipated 2017 Pan America Cups, hosted by USA Field Hockey and featuring fifteen international men’s and women’s hockey teams. This elite international event, which is held every four years, will run from August 4-13 at Spooky Nook Sports — the first event of its kind to be hosted by the USA Field Hockey’s Home of Hockey.
“It will be great to showcase our U.S. Men’s National Team on the east coast and bring more recognition to them as well as our No. 6 World Ranked U.S. Women’s National Team competing for a place in the 2018 FIH World Cup!,” shared Shawn Hindy, Member of USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors, in a previous press release. “We want to have all of our field hockey athletes and fans from the entire country at this event to cheer on all the outstanding national teams and learn from watching the high level games. If you love field hockey, this will be the place to be August 4-13, 2017!”
In celebration, Philafieldhockey.com has partnered with USA Field Hockey and the Pan American Hockey Federation for the Young Journalist Program – an initiative to foster aspiring sports journalists’ passion for writing and field hockey. Interested players may submit information via an online form (see below); two players (U-19 and U-14) will be selected based on the merit of their submissions. The young journalists will attend the first game for the U.S. Women’s National Team against Mexico on Saturday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The Young Journalists will:
• be issued press passes for the event and will sit with the press corps (and Philafieldhockey.com Founder, Kathleen Harte Simone);
• interview several USA Field Hockey players after the game;
• have their photo taken with the players;
• meet with the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) Communications Team to see how they work during a competition; and
• have their article published on Philafieldhockey.com, along with the photos. The article will also be promoted on social media by @philafh, USA Field Hockey and the PAHF.
This is the second PhilaFH Young Journalist opportunity. The first was held after the Citi U.S. Women’s National Team versus Ireland Test Series in late May. Click here to view the article by Young Journalist, Katie Liebeskind and click here for Maddie Waldspurger’s article.
“For me, Philafieldhockey.com combines two great loves: field hockey and writing,” said Simone. “I’m thrilled to avail the opportunity to two local field hockey players who not only love to play, but also love to share their passion for the game in words. I’m also pleased to be working with USA Field Hockey and the Pan American Hockey Federation on this program to inspire our youth.”
For more information on the 2017 Pan American Cups and to purchase tickets, click here to be directed to USA Field Hockey’s site.
Interested in volunteering at a prestigious event? USA Field Hockey is seeking qualified adult volunteers to fill various roles. Click here to see the list of volunteer options or to register.
To submit your entry for the Young Journalist Contest, click here. Deadline: July 30th.