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Olympic Athlete Returns to Support KEEN - Source Connection news papers

Posted on May 30,2018
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2018 US Women’s Olympic team forward Hayley Skarupa.

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By Ashley Claire Simpson - The Almanac

Before this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the US women’s hockey team hadn’t won the Olympic gold since the Games in Nagano, in 1998. While that team celebrated from the highest podium 20 years ago, the 2018 US Women’s Olympic team forward Hayley Skarupa was just 4 years old and halfway across the world. It would be later that year that Skarupa herself would take up hockey on the streets of Rockville.

“I was first introduced to hockey when my older brother started playing when I was 4 years old,” Skarupa, a Wootton High School alumna, recalled. “Maryland, of course, wasn’t exactly a hockey hot bed, so we started out playing roller hockey on our neighbor’s driveway with my brothers’ friends. My first three years of playing ice hockey, I was on a boys team because there weren’t that many girls teams out there. The sport has come so far though — not only in the DMV area, but also around the country and world. It is really exciting to see.”

Despite the hard work and time commitment required of a young person to become a world-class athlete, Skarupa still made sure to participate in activities off the ice. What was particularly meaningful for her was volunteering with KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Greater DC, a nonprofit organization that provides free physical fitness and other recreational activities for young people with developmental and/or physical disabilities. The experience influenced Skarupa so much so that she will be a guest at KEEN’s SportsFestival this year on Sunday, June 3, in Potomac’s Avenel Park.

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