Hartford, Conn. — On Saturday, May 16, the Trinity College field hockey program will be hosting a virtual race to help benefit those impacted by COVID-19. The program has teamed up with Positive Tracks, a non-profit organization that helps people use physical activity and athletics to help support influential causes.
"The TC Takes on COVID-19 Run is an exciting opportunity to bring the entire Trinity College community together, which is as important as ever during these challenging times,: said Trinity field hockey junior Caroline Munn, a captain on next year's team. "TCFH is partnering with the Trinity College community specifically, the Trinity Athletics Department, SAAC, and ConnPIRG to expand community engagement and awareness. During these unprecedented times, college students across the country, are looking to help in any way they can and TCFH wanted to provide an opportunity to put interest into action. We decided to use the power of sport to raise awareness and funds to benefit the CDP (the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Response Fund), Hartford Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. We chose these three medical institutions as they are important to the TC community with many alumni connections. Additionally, as Hartford Hospital is just down the street, it is truly a part of our extended college community. This effort is personal for me, and many others on the team, as one of our previous teammates is currently working on the front lines. Through our partnership with Positive Tracks, our hope is that we will be able to raise the funds to support the heroic individuals who are working tirelessly on the front lines to protect our communities."
By teaming up with Positive Tracks, participants will have to opportunity to compete in a series of virtual race events, including a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or head coach Anne Parmenter's "Anne Challenge" of 19 miles. Participants will be asked to pay an admission fee of $10, where they will then receive a competition bib and entry into the event you choose.
"What we want to accomplish with this virtual event is to create a fun activity that anyone can participate in," added Trinity's other 2020 field captain, Kendall Brown. "As athletes, we appreciate the ability to be able to get active whether that is a run, walk, or bike outside, and we wanted to share that with our community in an event that isn't just tailored to those who play sports at Trinity. In these trying times, we found it really fun to get together as a team and as a group of friends who wanted to plan something, we could all do together no matter how far we are from each other. The run is also really meaningful because it allows us to give back to our communities on a countrywide basis, but also to our very own Hartford community as well as our field hockey alumni. Watching Lori Berger '19 volunteer help on the frontlines is a heroic gesture in our eyes and we are so proud and in admiration of her as she essentially risks her own health to help those affected by the virus. We thought that it was important to do this event so that we could help unite those who are near and far within the Trinity community and outside to give them an activity to participate in and something to feel good about while we are all still in quarantine. This feeling of helplessness has definitely crept into our lives over the past couple of weeks as many of us are staying at home social distancing, and this is just our small contribution to help as many affected by COVID-19 as possible.
The program will use its donations to support a handful of local and national emergency funds. Portions of the final donation will go to the Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund as well as Hartford Hospital. In addition, former field hockey goalkeeper Lori Berger '18 is conducting research while working on the COVID-19 floors at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and the team has also decided to donate a portion of its donations there.
"I am very proud of the field hockey team and its leadership, in organizing this event," said Trinity Head Coach Anne Parmenter. "Being able to run, bike, walk or roll lets everyone use do 'something' to help in this very difficult time. I'm really looking forward to the challenge and to see how many people are going to run 19 km with me….or more!"
Those who decide to participate are encouraged to share on social media by tagging the field hockey Instagram account (trinity_fh), partnering organization Positive Tracks (@postracks) and use the hashtags #crushcovid and #sweatforgood. Any and all donations will be accepted regardless of participation; you can donate to the program's Venmo account (@TrinityFH) or through the its gofundme page here.