NFHCA DEI Spotlight Award Presented to Able Athletics

Jan 31, 2024 | 2023-2024, News

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GENEVA, N.Y. — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is proud to announce that Able Athletics Field Hockey has been selected as the second-ever recipient of the NFHCA DEI Spotlight recognition award. This prestigious accolade, established by the NFHCA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, aims to honor a remarkable individual, group, or organization within the USA field hockey community that has made significant contributions to the DEI space through education, advocacy, and allyship.

Able Athletics Field Hockey, in collaboration with educators, therapists, and field hockey coaches, pioneers accessible field hockey for individuals facing participation barriers. The program introduces adaptive field hockey, leading a sports-wide initiative supported by USA Field Hockey. Able Athletics Field Hockey, along with other adaptive clubs, benefits from USA Field Hockey’s backing to participate in the prestigious National Indoor Tournament, offering an experience akin to mainstream programs in an adaptive setting. This partnership exemplifies inclusivity and underscores USA Field Hockey’s commitment to diversity in the sport. Able Athletics Field Hockey is a trailblazer in building a more inclusive and diverse field hockey community.

“Through Able Athletics Field Hockey, we pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive and empowering space where athletes of diverse abilities can come together to discover the joy of field hockey and unlock their full potential,” remarked Melissa Ponzio, Director of Able Athletics Field Hockey. “Our program celebrates unity, education, and the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, deserves the chance to thrive on and off the field. We achieve this through collaborative efforts, working closely with therapists, coaches, and educators to ensure a comprehensive and supportive environment for all participants.”

Able Athletics Field Hockey is excited to announce their return for the second USA Field Hockey’s All Starz Showcase at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, PA, taking place on March 2nd at the National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament. This event offers an incredible opportunity to witness the inspiring abilities and spirit of their athletes. To learn more about how you can contribute to their mission and make a meaningful impact, please visit As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, support is essential in advancing their cause and creating a tangible, positive effect in the community.

“Finding Able Athletics Field Hockey clinic has been more than a gift for our ten-year-old and our family—it’s a celebration of ability, movement and inclusion,” remarked a mom of an Able Athletics Field Hockey Athlete. “The level of support, encouragement, and engagement from qualified volunteers is unmatched, having kept our daughter’s focus for the entire length of each clinic, all while providing the safest environment and seamless administration.  Despite a 90-minute drive one way to participate, Addie’s excitement in anticipation is palpable, and her confidence shines both after clinic and when she recalls her time with Able Athletics Field Hockey.  We’re eager for the opportunity to bring the organization’s efforts more locally!”

The NFHCA DEI Spotlight recognition award celebrates Able Athletics Field Hockey remarkable achievements in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field hockey landscape. This award represents a significant milestone in the journey towards a more inclusive sport, and the NFHCA commends Able Athletics Field Hockey for their extraordinary dedication and unwavering commitment. To learn more about Able Athletics, follow on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok.


The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the association is to champion, strengthen, and celebrate field hockey coaches and the game. The NFHCA strives to be the organization that every field hockey coach looks to for the resources to grow in the game and the inspiration to stay in the game.