May 16, 2018

Field Hockey Buckeyes Take Part in Professional Development Opportunities

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Several members of the Ohio State field hockey team have taken advantage of the professional development opportunities such as the Huntington Bucks Go Pro trip to Indianapolis, Ind., and the Wolstein Leadership Academy retreat at Camp Damascus in Centerburg, Ohio.

HUNTINGTON BUCKS GO PRO TRIP
Freshman forward Nikki Trzaska and sophomore forward Adelaide Penzone traveled to Indianapolis on the Bucks Go Pro trip, engaging in several enrichment experiences including educational sessions at the NCAA headquarters, a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and a visit with the NFL Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

PENZONE AND TRZASKA ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN INDY:
“Visiting Indianapolis was such an awesome experience. It was very educational and I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned about professional development in my future.” — Adelaide Penzone

“One of the things I enjoyed most was going to the NCAA headquarters and wandering through the Hall of Champions. It was also cool to learn about all of the different committees within Division I and see how student-athletes are represented within them. Additionally, I was very fond of going to Eli Lilly and learning about the different fields that businesses offer for various majors. I learned a lot of important information at Eli Lilly regarding areas such as the interview process, benefits and the transition from college to the workforce. It was great to meet new people and go through this experience with them!” — Nikki Trzaska

WOLSTEIN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY RETREAT
Penzone, along with sophomore midfielder Genevieve Penzone and freshman back Mara Hunter went on the Wolstein Leadership Academy retreat held at Camp Damascus in Centerburg, Ohio. The multi-day student-athlete excursion focused on leadership development with exercises and team-building activities.

The retreat featured a low-ropes course designed to nurture trust and communication skillsets and a high-ropes circuit to key on attitude and motivation. The student-athletes also met in small groups to discuss values, motivation, goal-setting, accepting change and responding to adversity in life. Capping off the event was the first-annual Wolstein Challenge, a team-based competition consisting of a soccer match played with a giant ball, canoe racing, foot stacking and more.

A. PENZONE, G. PENZONE AND HUNTER ON THE WOLSTEIN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY:
“I absolutely loved the Wolstein Leadership Academy retreat. Being with other athletes and having such an amazing staff really helped us understand what it means to be a leader, and I hope to take back what I learned to my team.” — Adelaide Penzone

“The three days I spent with the Wolstein Leadership Academy was a blast. During my time there, I learned a lot about who I am as a person and a leader and how to use that to connect with others.” — Genevieve Penzone

“The Wolstein Leadership Academy was a really great experience. I learned some new leadership techniques that I had never really realized were crucial to a team dynamic, while having a ton of fun at the same time! Meeting a lot of new people definitely helped my experience and made it more authentic.” — Mara Hunter