Last week, Arundel Field Hockey had a packed week of hockey while also serving their community. Along with having to two challenging games that week both teams were provided several opportunities to show their appreciation and recognize law enforcement in the community. Back in August, the team decided they would hold a Law Enforcement Appreciation Game on September 28th versus Broadneck. The opportunity to be able to show their appreciation hits home for many within Arundel field hockey family since their relatives, neighbors and friends serve within the law enforcement community.
On Tuesday September 26th, both varsity and junior varsity players collected donated items from families and made “goodie bags” for the officers and personnel of the Anne Arundel County Western District. While making the bags players had the opportunity to discuss who they knew that served in law enforcement and why they and their jobs are important to the community.
On Wednesday September 27th, the Captains from both teams had the pleasure of delivering the 110 goodie bags to the Anne Arundel County Western District. The team captains were greeted by Captain Silverman of the Western District along with several officers. During this time, the players received a tour of the entire precinct and were personally thanked by officers and personnel for their support.
In preparation for the game on September 28th, both the Arundel and Broadneck field hockey sold t-shirts and raised profits which were to be donated to the Chesapeake K9 Fund. On game day, each team showed support for their community law enforcement by wearing their shirts before the game. At the game, 12 officers and several K9 officers from Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel County Sheriff and Maryland State Police joined both teams on the field for the National Anthem. Afterwards, each officer was presented with a t-shirt and each K9 received a fleece blanket that was made by the Arundel field hockey team members.
During the halftime, the game tied 1-1, both fans and players were provided with two K9 demonstrations. Prince George’s County Sergeant Robert Heverly and Corporal Mike Cicale with K9 Gamble demonstrated obedience and control of a patrol K9. Afterwards, the Anne Arundel County Sheriff gave a demonstration of an article search with a K9 which was provided by Ryan Costin and K9 Jango. The Chesapeake K9 Fund was also recognized for being in attendance.
Arundel field hockey ended the night with a 2-1 victory. In addition to this special win, both teams were able to raise $300 for the Chesapeake K9 Fund. The past few weeks have been an incredible time to be a Lady Wildcat field hockey player. Two victories for varsity and more importantly several opportunities to provide support, education and appreciation for their community and the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.