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Sterling Blog: Pick up sticks and clean up

In the Lofquist home, athletics were huge…until I came of age. My older sister, however, had to fund a home expansion to hold her trophies, ribbons and plaques celebrating her prowess. From cheerleading to soccer, my sister did it all—and usually very well. She played everything. My favorite sport of hers was field hockey. As the younger sister, all I wanted in life was to wear a plaid pleated skirt and run down the field. That was until I realized that I was incapable of running down a field while holding a stick without causing injury to myself and others. Dreams die hard.

At Park View High School the dreams are real for our local athletes. For the first time this year, Park View has a field hockey team! In 2016, field hockey was declared a tier two sport, meaning it is fully funded by parents and players. Like any sport, field hockey can be expensive and so it was hard to create a team in time for the fall 2016 season. That all changed when field hockey was reclassified as tier one sport, allowing players to not bear all of the cost.

The work started way before the season, with meetings and clinics to help teach interested young women and their families about the sport hosted by the coach, Alison Thomson, a math teacher at Park View. This month, the Park View Patriots Field Hockey team debuted with uniforms that would make my sister envious.

If you’re interested in getting your daughter involved in field hockey, there are two online sources to get started. The Loudoun County League has field hockey teams for girls ages 6th grade through high school. You can reach them at beyondsticks.com. There is also Potomac Field Hockey, which offers teams ages 8 and up and can be reached at potomacfieldhockey.org. And who knows, maybe we’ll see your daughter on the field for Park View soon!

Have you looked in your closet recently? Is it full of stuff you don’t need, don’t use, don’t wear, and don’t care about? If so, then it’s time to get rid of it—and what better place than our monthly community yard sale.

Every second Saturday of the month, the Sterling Community Center hosts a yard sale. For more information, reach out to the Sterling Community Center at 703-430-9480

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