The only thing that has changed from 7 years ago, is the height of my bun, and my love for field hockey. Ever since I picked up my first stick, I haven’t been able to stop. My passion for the game has grown with every sprint, hit, or goal. There’s not many things field hockey has not done for me. Without it, I would have not been able to go to the college of my dreams or been able to travel to such unforgettable places with unforgettable people.
In 7th grade I began bouncing around club to club trying to become a part of the next level. I never really felt comfortable at any of these clubs; which is unusual for me given my personality. And for those of you that know me…I know…shocking. Starting my Sophomore year, I became involved in the Futures program which lead me straight into the arms of the Boston Field Hockey Club. At the regional futures tournament, I caught the eye of Nate and he asked me if I had any interest in joining the club. Boston Field hockey was just starting out and I jumped at the opportunity that was presented to me. Honestly, it was the best decision I have ever made in my life.
The Boston Field Hockey Club is my second family. With my dad by my side, we jumped into this family culture that we have never experienced before. I never thought I would meet some of my best friends here. Girls I had not known before; I could now never imagine what I would do without them. I never thought I could gain such skills, friendships, and up and coming endeavors from one club, but I did. I do not know where I would be today without the Boston Field hockey club.
Field hockey is not only developed at BFHC, but character and sportsmanship as well. In this high level of play, one must have resilience and discipline in order to elevate your game. There will always be a player that is better than you, faster than you, stronger than you. Usually, this is what provides the competition. Here at BFHC, this is what makes us a family. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, but we come together to build upon that and help each other grow as players. This club has taught me that I can be a leader and have influence in everything I do.
The main difference I have noticed in this club compared to the others I have been part of, is the fact that the coaches, players, and parents, genuinely care about each and every player. The experiences of the coaches and parents in the field hockey world help each of these players through recruitment and high school.
This club would not have been as successful without the extraordinary care and skill that came from Eileen, Nate and the coaches. Eileen “Mama” Habelow is the glue that holds this club together. She puts in so much effort to get to know each and every member on the team and it has really made a difference. Nate, as many of you know, is the big brother we never wanted, but he has provided us with the confidence and skills to be elite players.
There is not enough time and space for me to fully explain how much Boston Field hockey club has changed my life, nor could I ever put it all into words. This is the type of experience you have to have for yourself, and I am glad I did. I truly would not be the player, or person, I am today without my experience here at Boston Field hockey club.
Bailey Fanikos 2015