From the Archives: Cushing Field Hockey, 1903

With just 19 days until our pre-season athletes are back in action, here’s a photo of Cushing Field Hockey in 1903.
Field hockey was first introduced to the United States in 1901 by Constance Applebee, a physical education instructor from England who was attending a summer seminar at Harvard. According to The Harvard Crimson, “Applebee registered for a class on Indoor Track, but was disappointed to find that musical chairs was a prominent part of the coursework for women. ‘We play those games at parties,’ one woman recalled her saying. ‘For exercise we play hockey.’” So, with makeshift sticks and a ball, Applebee demonstrated the sport to her peers. One of her classmates, Harriet Ballintine, loved it so much that she asked Applebee to instruct field hockey at Vassar College where she was the Director of Physical Education. The game quickly spread to other colleges in the region such as Wellesley, Wheaton, Smith, and Mount Holyoke. The sport made its Cushing debut in 1902; Cushing was, according to our archives, the first academy to introduce field hockey to interscholastic circles.

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