Message from Freddie Bancroft, Women's Field Hockey
to the European Maccabi Games, I didn't know what to expect; but looking back
on my trip with just two days left, I wish I had ten days more! I have enjoyed
meeting so many amazing people from all over the world who have very different
cultures but the same beliefs and love for competition that I have. The
European Maccabi phrase, "competing at sports and united at heart",
nailed the atmosphere of the games right on the head.
for the USA Field Hockey team and being able to represent my country and my
religion has been a very moving experience. Being able to play in the very same stadium that was built
by the Nazi party has been both chilling and motivating.
against countries with the best field hockey in the world had made me grow so
much as a player. There is a consistent high level of play; fast ball
pace and smart passing combinations paired with skill push me to be a better
it has been an amazing experience with hockey, and meeting other people, I have
also really enjoyed spending time learning the Jewish history of Berlin. I am
so honored to have been a part of this special experience and I can't wait for
the next Maccabi Games!
Freddie Bancroft, Open Women's Field Hockey