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Field Hockey sensation Kendall Youngblood signs with the University of Connecticut

Kendall Youngblood Letter of Intent to UConn

April 15, 2014

By Bernell Hooker, IOU Sports

Milwaukee, WI--- Kendall Youngblood the University School senior signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Connecticut Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony at University School in front of family, friends, and coaches.

Youngblood is a gifted athlete in which she participated in gymnastics, basketball and volleyball; she had found her niche in field hockey.  Her mother Synovia Youngblood summed up her passion of field hockey by the numbers:

  • Youngblood was driven to Chicago three times per week for six years to play and train; total miles 16,240.
  • Number of months playing Field Hockey since the 7th grade, 42.
  • Number of indoor and outdoor tournaments, 21.
  • Number of days missing school for recruitment, 19.
  • Number of Elite College camps that was attended, 11.
  • Number of trips to the East Coast, 5
  • Signing her letter of intent to play at the University of Connecticut, Priceless.

Synovia Youngblood stated that her daughter gave up a lot to play field hockey.  She gave up school parties, going to football games, and hanging out with her friends.  She dedicated herself into her school work and perfecting her game.

Congratulations Kendall Youngblood, hard work and dedication pays off.

About the University of Connecticut:

The University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated Duke by a score of 2-0 to earn the program’s third National Championship at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. on November 24, 2013.  The Huskies, led by Hall of Fame head coach Nancy Stevens, cap a sensational season on the highest possible note with a record of 21-4, while Duke finished its season at 17-7.

The 2013 national championship in field hockey is the 16th NCAA title in UConn history and the 17th overall national championship. The other NCAA Championships are in: field hockey (1981, 1985), men’s basketball (1999, 2004, 2011, 2014), women’s basketball (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and men’s soccer (1981, 2000). The 1948 UConn men’s soccer team were named the national champions by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America before there was an NCAA tournament in men’s soccer.

Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson