Number of Participants: 15
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $254
Event Type: Sports & Recreation
Sport: Girls Ice Hockey
Date: February 9, 2022
Medfield High School
South Street, Medfield
“Members of the varsity girls hockey team at a Massachusetts high school are watching the U.S. women’s hockey team a little closer during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
That’s because the Medfield High girls hockey team packed and shipped slides — comfortable footwear that many athletes wear before and after games — to every member of the American Olympic women’s hockey team.
The girls from Medfield also wrote notes for those players on Team USA, wishing the team good luck at the Winter Games.
“Having written to them, and knowing that they saw some of us, makes it more special to see them playing and it’s definitely a closer bond,” said Grenne Campbell, a member of the Medfield High team.
The idea came from ISlide chief executive officer Justin Kittredge, who has a connection to the U.S. women’s hockey team. He thought the girls hockey team from his hometown would like to connect with those Olympians.
“To come in, pack and write letters to the girls is like, I think, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Kittredge said. “Even writing those letters to wish them good luck while they’re over in China is, hopefully, a memory they’ll have forever.”
Kittredge told NewsCenter 5 that the U.S. women’s hockey team received the slides and notes shortly before beginning Olympic play. Some members of the U.S. team gave shout outs to the Medfield girls team on social media.
“We’ve all kind of been looking up to these girls and it’s kind of crazy to think they were once in the same position as us,” said Megan MacTavish, a member of the Medfield High team.
“Some people make it to the Olympics and some people are there just supporting them. It’s a community that we really build,” said Kelsey Quint, another Medfield High player.
Two members of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team, Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Massachusetts) and Caroline Harvey (Salem, New Hampshire), are New England natives.
The U.S. women, the defending Olympic champions, won their first three preliminary-round games by a combined score of 18-2. The Americans started their final preliminary-round game against their bitter rival, Canada, at 11:10 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.”
The entire team that helped out.