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3STEP Sports Partners with USA Field Hockey to Host Historic National Hockey Festival

by USA Field Hockey

ANDOVER, Mass. - 3STEP Sports, the nation’s largest and most impactful youth sports club and event operator, has partnered with USA Field Hockey to be the official Event Manager of the National Hockey Festival.

 

Since 1981, the National Hockey Festival has served generations of athletes, coaches, umpires and families for a fun and competitive weekend of field hockey in sunny Florida. Shooting Star Thanksgiving, a 3STEP Sports event, took the field in 2016 and has grown exponentially over the last eight years, spanning over two locations in Virginia.

 

Traditionally held over Thanksgiving weekend, Festival and Shooting Star Thanksgiving are the two most premier events in the youth field hockey landscape, with both tournaments selling out within minutes of registration opening. Combined, the two tournaments welcome all athletes ages U-10 through U-19 and will host roughly 400 teams over three days.

 

This partnership brings exciting opportunities and a new location to this year’s Festival. The 2023 National Hockey Festival, powered by 3STEP Sports, will take place at the state-of-the-art Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples, Fla., featuring nine turf fields with an additional four turf fields at the neighboring North Collier Park.

 

“We are delighted to be partnering with 3STEP Sports to provide the 42nd edition of the National Hockey Festival,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “Together, we aim to provide an amazing field hockey experience over the Thanksgiving break.”

 

“We are thrilled to partner with USA Field Hockey,” said Ainslee Lamb, 3STEP Vice President of Field Hockey. “The opportunity to support the renowned and historically entrenched Hockey Festival is a privilege. Utilizing the 3STEP resources to assist the USA Field Hockey event staff and provide an optimal experience for the players, families, coaches, umpires and vendors will benefit everyone invested in this staple field hockey event.”

 

 The National Hockey Festival and Shooting Star Thanksgiving are slated for November 24 to 26, 2023 in Florida and Virginia, respectively.

 

“Offering both the Festival and the Shooting Star Thanksgiving events running simultaneously aligns with both USA Field Hockey and 3STEP’s vision of sustaining, growing and providing options for the game to be played by more clubs across the country,” added Lamb.

 

ABOUT 3STEP SPORTS

3STEP SPORTS LLC is the industry leader for youth sports clubs and events in the country, impacting 1.1+ million athletes from all 50 states across nine different sports. With a mission to be the leading and most dependable platform for all athletes to live out their passions, 3STEP has reimagined youth sports by providing access to top-tier coaching, nationally-ranked events, best-in-class facilities and premier media content to all athletes.

To learn more about 3STEP Sports, visit www.threestep.com 

 

ABOUT USA FIELD HOCKEY

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for the 30,000 members to participate develop and excel as athletes, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Cup and other international competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, International Hockey Federation and Pan American Hockey Federation.

To learn more about USA Field Hockey, visit usafieldhockey.com.

 

CONTACT

Mariah Hladick, Communications Department, 3STEP Sports: communications@threestep.com

Teryn Brill Galloway, Director of Communications, USA Field Hockey: tbrill@usafieldhockey.com

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