As we get closer to June, more and more attention is turning to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. But there's a different kind of World Cup kicking off this weekend in Europe. The Rabobank Hockey World Cup begins May 31 in The Hague, Netherlands, and concludes June 15.
Rabobank hockey is another name for field hockey, and it's crazy popular across the Atlantic. The sport has hundreds of thousands of fans on social media, and it's expected that some 250,000 people will attend this year's World Cup games. And if the tournament sells out, the International Hockey Federation will make sure as many people outside the competition's two stadiums can still get in on the action.
"I was talking to someone who's over there, and they said they're setting up massive screens in the center of the city for people who don't have tickets so they can watch the games," US star (and STX athlete) Katie O'Donnell says.
The 25-year-old striker joined Team USA when she was only 16. She was the youngest person to ever be named to the national team, and made a name for herself competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In college, she played for Maryland and was a three-time First Team All-American and two-time National Offensive MVP. She's holds the ACC and Maryland records for assists (74), is the NCAA Tournament assists leader (13), and Maryland's career points leader (208). And in 2010, she was named the National Sportswoman of the Year (Team Sport) by the Women's Sports Foundation. Previous winners? Mia Hamm and Serena and Venus Williams.
O'Donnell is the most decorated field hockey player in the United States, and she has here sights set on bringing home a World Cup championship. But before she left for The Hague, she took SI Kids' 10 Questions personality quiz!
Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was among the NFL leaders in both interceptions (8) and passes defensed (24) last season. It's Sherman's job to pick on opposing quarterbacks, and he does it as well as anyone.
But while it's Sherman's job to pick on quarterbacks on the field, he knows there's no room for bullying away from the gridiron. That's why he's among the celebrities teaming up with CustomInk's Be Good to Each Other campaign, recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
Check out the special anti-bullying t-shirt he designed at the bottom of this page. (You can see the full collection at www.customink.com/stopbullying.)
Richard also took the SI Kids 10 Questions personality questionnaire. Check out his answers… More »
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has plenty on his mind as he enters his second NFL season. One of those things: He wants you to get healthy and stay healthy.More »
The Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving showed what he could do on the basketball court last season when he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. But Irving also has skills in another arena. He appears as himself on the October 22 episode of the Disney XD show Kickin' It. More »
The New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees is an all-time great on the field. In Week 5 he broke legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas’s record when he threw his 48th consecutive touchdown pass. But the Super Bowl champion is also a hero off the field, helping his community through the Brees Dream Foundation. Last month he teamed up with Samsung and Best Buy to donate money and electronics to the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana. Brees also led a football clinic for the kids. What‘s his top piece of advice for young players? “The game is supposed to be fun, so have fun,” says Brees. We challenged the star QB to have some fun himself in answering our 10 Questions. More »
Ray Rice has a purpose in the NFL: picking up tons of yards and helping the Ravens make another deep playoff run.
But Rice has goals off the field too. One of the biggest ones: putting a stop to bullying.
“Everyone is affected by bullying," Rice says. "It can damage, change or even end a life and there is no excuse for it – ever. I want to encourage kids to be leaders, not followers, and to reach out to someone who may need a friend. It’s so important to be kind to one another, and I will do my part to say that loud and often.”
Rice is one of the athletes and stars who are teaming up with design online custom t-shirt company CustomInk for their “Be Good to Each Other” campaign. At the bottom of this story you can check out the shirt that Rice himself designed. (If your parents choose to buy one, CustomInk will donate all profits from the sale of custom bullying prevention t-shirts to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center). If you want a chance to win the shirt Ray Rice designed, click here!
Ray is already off to a fast start this season. See if he can keep the momentum going when he takes on SI Kids' 10 Questions! Read on to see his answers...
Gabrielle Douglas had her hands full this summer, winning two gold medals at the London Olympics. Now, her hands are full of Nintendo 3DS games—her go-to choice of fun when she has down time. Douglas, who visited New York City recently to promote Nintendo’s “Play As You Are” campaign—designed to show girls anyone can enjoy gaming systems—is a huge 3DS and Super Mario Brothers fan. More »