Stegmaier named NFHCA December Club Player of the Month

Jan 18, 2024 | 2023-2024, Club, High School, News

GENEVA, N.Y. — Emily Stegmaier, an eight-year-old forward from Long Island All Starz in New York, has been recognized as the NFHCA Club Player of the Month for December. Emily has become an integral part of the USA Field Hockey All Starz initiative, which promotes equal access to the sport for individuals with disabilities. Stegmaier has Noonan Syndrome, a genetic condition that can impact individuals in various ways, affecting aspects of development such as different facial features, short height, heart problems, and other physical issues. It can also cause a child to develop more slowly than usual, for example, in walking, talking, or learning new things.

Stegmaier and Long Island All Starz will be competing at the 2024 National Indoor Tournament in Manheim, Pennsylvania, where Stegmaier will be a starter for the team. Stegmaier’s outstanding skill set, speed, agility, and eagerness to learn the sport have made her an invaluable asset. With tenacity, an innate drive for the ball, and exemplary sportsmanship, Emily is not only an amazing player but also a future contender at the national level and a potential representative for the United States in the Paralympics

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 organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.