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What does Milwaukee and the 2014 UCONN Field Hockey National Champions have in Common

On April 15, 2014 we posted a story about a young lady from Milwaukee, WI who signed a full ride field hockey scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut (UConn).  Her name…Kendall Youngblood.

On November 23, 2014 seven months later, we are writing how the UConn Huskies have won their second straight NCAA National Field Hockey Championship.

I received an email from her mother Synovia Youngblood that read:

“UCONN goes Back-to-Back! UConn Field Hockey Wins 2014 National Championship
and the Huskies claimed their fourth national title with a 1-0 victory over Syracuse on Sunday! All of the hard work, practices, elite camps, club teams, travel, recruitment, and sacrifice has paid off!  Thanks to EVERYONE who helped with a ride, support, prayers or contributed in any way.”

All Kendall wanted was to play field hockey.  What a mother did to fill that want was to sacrifice for her daughter so that she can follow her dreams and yes Synovia Youngblood….This is NOT A DREAM! THIS IS FOR REAL!  Kendall is an NCAA Field Hockey Champion! You never gave up on her and you supported her through all the traveling and through her injuries.  We are PROUD of you and ALL of the MOTHERS and FATHERS that make sacrifices for the benefit of a little girls DREAM.

We at IOU Sports THANK YOU for sharing your excitement…We’re excited with you and for you. 

Connecticut tops Syracuse 1-0 to win the 2014 DI Field Hockey Championship. This is Connecticut's second consecutive title.

Congratulations UConn Women’s Field Hockey 2014 National Champions!




Nancy Stevens - Head Coach

Paul Caddy - Associate Head Coach

Cheri Herr - Assistant Coach



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