During a field hockey practice and game we receive a ball with gratitude that our teammate passed to us, we use it carefully as not to lose it to the other team and share is generously with our teammates to score and win the game. We all have received the sacred gift from God that we are able to play this sport that we love and have the talent to be playing in college.
One aspect of stewardship is that we receive gratefully, use carefully, and share generously the resources available to use. My name is Chelsea Kulesza and I can tell you that the Neumann field hockey team defines stewardship by being able to step on that field every day and push each other to be the best player they can be.
Stewardship can be seen throughout our team in many ways, whether it is giving each other tips on how to improve a certain skill or pushing each other during rigorous conditioning. However, stewardship is not just seen on the field for Neumann field hockey. We also show stewardship by being each other’s support system. We are there for each other when someone just needs a kind ear to talk to when they are having a bad day, or even if they need some help with school because we are not just teammates we are family.
On the “Play” pillar there’s a quote, by Lenore Terr, that is particularly special to the Neumann field hockey team this year, and it goes like this, “When we play, we sense no limitations. In fact, when we are playing, we are usually unaware of ourselves. Self-observation goes out the window. We forget about all those past lessons of life, forget our potential foolishness, forget ourselves. We immerse ourselves in the act of play. And we are free.” This quote is exactly what we plan to do this season. As Sister Marguerite told us on our first day of practice this season, last year is in the past and we have to put it to rest in the graveyard.
This year we play for each other not as individuals. We are not a group of women playing to outshine each other. We are here to play for each other, and are reminded of this every time we huddle up together to shout our team motto for the season “For each other.” We will lose ourselves as we play and enjoy the freedom of selflessness to play for one another. This is Neumann field hockey, and this is the season for each other.