US Team Gets Gala Sendoff To World Cup 2018


Head Coach Janneke Schopman gives high fives to crowd on the way to the team bus.

This weekend Pam and I joined in a send off for the US Field Hockey team. It was part of the weekend which included a meeting of the US Field Hockey Foundation of which we are members.

During the festivities with the team , over 150 fans listened intently to Janneke Schopman, the head coach of the US  Field Hockey team, when  she revealed that at one time she wanted to be a chef. As life took a different turn, the two time Olympic Medal winner for the Netherlands is mixing a salad of outstanding athletes into a smoothly functioning unit. The team having already won in South Africa, and trained and played the top teams in the world, she says this team is ready to make history!!

The introductions were made by former Olympians Rachel Dawson, Katie Bam (Odie), and Lauren Crandell. Each team member was introduced to screams of encouragement echoing through Olympic Hall at Spooky Nook. Fans had a chance to meet their heroes close up and get autographs. Highlights of the event included a raffle, where official signed uniforms and hockey sticks were offered. In addition, during the weekend, an auction was held to benefit USA Field Hockey.

Each team member answered questions from the crowd. ” Who uses social media the most.?” ” Who has the best fashion sense?” ” Who is late the most?”  ” What did they learn from the experience.?”

Team runs the gamut of fans on way to the team bus

At the end to the festivities, the team marched through the lined up crowd, with high fives and cheers, as they boarded the bus  taking them to the waiting plane that would fly them to London, England.


Last team member boards team bus on the way to the plane that will transport them London

The first game will be on Saturday July 21 at 1 pm and  the link to the live stream can be found at the USA Field Hockey site. There will be 28 cameras covering each game, so there is no chance any bit of the action will be missed. It is described as the biggest female sporting event in English history. The US will play England on the following Wednesday to a sold out stadium at 3 o’clock EDT. Live streaming is available by going to the US Field Hockey web site..

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am currently Chairman of that Board. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 30 year fan of Division one field hockey

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