UNC is one of 14 NCAA programs selected to participate in the fledgling You Go Girl program, a USA Field Hockey initiative that will expose field hockey to girls ages 10-18 in urban or non-traditional areas for the sport.
"We are so very excited to team up with each of the fine universities to not only grow the game, but also improve the lives of young women living in at-risk environments," said USA Field Hockey Executive Director Steve Locke.
More than 40 schools applied for the program. Redshirt freshman Tyler Powell led UNC's successful application effort.
Each university will receive equipment, provided by program sponsor CranBarry Field Hockey, to use during mentorship sessions at local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. In addition to basic field hockey coaching, the program includes topics like healthy lifestyles, nutrition and the value of higher education.
The 14 schools will be asked to regularly report to USA Field Hockey on participation numbers and mentorship hours for the remainder of the spring and summer semester. The NCAA field hockey team that accumulates the most hours will be announced in fall 2013.
The selected schools and the areas in which they will teach the game are listed below. (As is the case with Carolina conducting the program in Durham, some teams will be working in nearby cities or communities instead of their campus location.
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Mich.)
Goucher College (Baltimore, Md.)
Northwestern University (Chicago)
University of North Carolina (Durham)
Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)
University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.)
Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, Conn.)
Temple University (Philadelphia)
VCU (Richmond, Va.)
University of Rochester (Rochester, N.Y.)
American International College and Bay Path College (Springfield, Mass.)
Miami University (Springfield, Ohio)
Princeton University (Trenton, N.J.)
The You Go Girl program is a part of USA Field Hockey's greater campaign, Grow the Game, which aims to expose the sport and inspire participation in male and female athletes, coaches, umpires, parents and fans. For more information, go to USAF. The Grow the Game campaign will expose the sport and inspire participation in both male and female athletes, coaches, umpires, parents and fans.
For more information, go to usafieldhockey.com.