not just for the game but for players’ athletic and personal development. “We are going to have some fun,” she says.
Students were busy on Facebook this summer and a successful team organizing meeting happened in August at the home of Jordan Fingerhut. Plans were put in place for coaching, a practice field, equipment, and recruitment. The overall goal is to raise $10,000 for a successful first season. Already families and friends of the school have raised a total amount of $3,800 pledged with $3,000 already in. Walls’ Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans’ constituent services fund contributed $500 to the effort, with additional pledges of support from Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh. Coach Kayton has secured a donation from the Raymond Locke Foundation of balls, pennies, and cones for the season, and a goal (they are expensive!) from Bethesda Chevy Chase H.S. Thanks, Coach!
Any and all donations are welcome. Checks are made out to: Walls Home and School Association; note “Field Hockey” on the check, and mail to: Treasurer, Walls Home and School Association, 2130 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, or give to Karen Beiley, parent of Jordan Fingerhut, who has kindly offered to help with the team’s management and logistics.
The Home and School Association has stepped up to provide a matching gift of $3,000 towards the effort from generally raised funds, but HSA Vice President Terry Lynch hopes generous donors can cover the whole cost of the effort.´”With our expanded enrollment of 520 students, and 340 of those being girls, we need to provide more athletic, art, and activity outlets for our students,” he says. This expansion of Walls’ sports offerings to include field hockey follows the addition last spring of both boys and girls lacrosse.
The team hopes to have about 20 members.The team’s practices began on Tuesday, Sept. 6th at Francis Field, located just blocks from the school at 24th & N Streets, NW. Practices are scheduled for Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 to 6 pm.
While not having a “home field,” the team likely will have 6-8 scrimmages against an array of teams from around the area.
IN THE PHOTO:
From Left to Right (Back Row): Atiya Dorsey, Beza Dagnachew, Isabella Boland, Breanna Brummett Swayze, Eden Hambric, Maya Hall, Nicole Schwab, Rena Shigihara, Molly Weiner, Brett Langholtz, Brittany Kayton (Coach)
From Left to Right (Front Row): Ellie Edgel, Dysis Scarlett, Delphine Uriburu, Marcelle Snead, Jordan Fingerhut, Julia MItchell, Anna Viemose, Becky Edmonds, Audrey (?)
Those that are on the team but are not in the picture are: Imani Mclean, Caroline Nwanze and Isabel Berg