Windy City Field Hockey Club Joins 3STEP Sports Field Hockey Further Accelerating 3STEP's Stellar Field Hockey Athlete Offering
May 30, 2023
ANDOVER, Mass. (MAY 30, 2023) – 3STEP Sports, the nation’s largest and most impactful youth sports club and event operator, has acquired Windy City Field Hockey Club, adding the nationally known club to the field hockey vertical.
Founded in 1991, Windy City is the Chicago area’s oldest and largest field hockey club, emphasizing excellence through the development of individual skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. The club provides programs and teams for all levels of players from five-year-old beginners to elite college aged athletes.
At the helm is Katie Beach, one of the most highly decorated athletes in US field hockey history. A member of Team USA from 1994 – 2004, Beach took over the Windy City program in 2011 and now leads one of the most profound programs in the country.
“Katie and her family have worked diligently and creatively to grow Windy City into one of the top clubs in the country,” said Pam Hixon, President of 3STEP Field Hockey. “As a 1996 Olympian, former head coach at Columbia University and a two-time All-American at the University of Maryland, Katie brings a depth of knowledge and pedigree to 3STEP. Her thoughtful leadership style, exceptional work ethic and love of the game is why I am excited and proud to have Katie and the entire Windy City program as members of our growing field hockey family”.
In addition to being recognized as USA Field Hockey’s 2018 “Club of the Year”, over 300 Windy City athletes have moved on to play collegiate field hockey since Katie took over 12 years ago.
“Joining 3STEP will allow our coaches and directors more time to do what we love: leading our teams on the field and focusing on developing our athletes,” said Katie Beach, Director of Windy City Field Hockey Club. “The Midwest is currently an underserved area for field hockey, and I am so excited to partner with 3STEP as we work together to grow our sport and provide all athletes with the opportunity to compete”.
“We are incredibly proud to be adding a premier club like Windy City to the 3STEP family, especially one that is led by the strong, female leader that Katie is,” said 3STEP CEO, Tania King. “We cannot wait to continue the growth and expansion of field hockey throughout the Midwest”.
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3STEP Sports, LLC. is the industry leader for youth sport clubs and events in the country, impacting 1.1+ million athletes from all 50 states across nine different sports. With a mission to be the leading and most dependable platform for all athletes to live out their passions, 3STEP has reimagined youth sports by providing access to top-tier coaching, nationally ranked events, best-in-class facilities and premier media content to all athletes.
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