The Pan American Games and Parapan American Games are a series of multisport events held between the two continents of North and South America. The Pan Am Games are typically held a few weeks before the Parapan events. This year the games are being held in Lima Peru, running from July 26th - August 11 and the Parapan games are from August 23rd - September 1st. The Pan American Games are an Olympic qualifying event for many teams and athletes who hope to make it to Tokyo 2020.
Ultimately, I know that a stick is a very personal thing. When I was younger, I hand-picked and treasured each new stick I got, and trusted that it wouldn’t fail me when I needed it (even though I controlled it). This stick is by far my favorite. I hand-picked this stick as well, down to the bow, colors and detailing, and am sharing it with you. It is a small piece of me, and I know that you will be able to trust it in the seconds and milli-seconds when you need it most.
Time was clicking down with the score solidly at 3-1 in our favor, we were about to win our first game of the Pro-League and all I felt was relief. Relief that all the hard work we were putting in day in and day out was finally paying off. Relief that we could win a game. Relief that we could make our USA Field Hockey Alums proud. To me it felt like a weight being lifted off my shoulders, and the space the weight had vacated quickly filled with a re-ignited fire to win and compete.