We cordially invite you to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Field Hockey Tournament website. Nearly fifty years ago in dedication to international goodwill and promotion of field hockey, a local group of enthusiast and dedicated committee members started this tournament. The John F. Kennedy Memorial Field Hockey Tournament is the oldest field hockey tournament in the United States. Named in honor of President Kennedy, the tournament was held annually next to the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall in Washington D.C. until the turn of the century. Since then, national and international teams from all parts of the world have competed which include teams from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. As was the ambiance of the tournament back then and still today, athletes and teams have united in a common goal of promoting the sport and international diplomacy through sportsmanship.
The tournament originating in Washington DC is now located in Virginia Beach at the US National Field Hockey Training Center. This year the tournament will host 20 teams from the United States, Canada and Bermuda. In addition to the state of the art facilities, Virginia Beach provides an atmosphere for camaraderie and friendship in the spirit of the tournament. Historical sites such as Jamestown and Williamsburg give a different opportunity to experience American history. The newly developed areas of Virginia Beach with shopping malls, golf courses, the aquarium and many other fun activities marked this location ideal for anyone to come and participate. We are thrilled to continue to host this tournament at Virginia Beach this year. For more information please visit the official Virginia Beach visitor’s web site. http://www.vbfun.com/visitors/default.asp
We appreciate all of those that have made this tournament possible and continue to make this a truly memorable one. We would like to thank all of the teams, coaches, committee members and fans because without you we could not make this tournament a great one. I would like to personally thank Jane Jagodzinski of the Virginia Beach Park Services for her help and allowing us to host this tournament. To all the teams remember to play hard, always have fun and may the best team win. Good luck and I look forward to seeing all of you and some great hockey.