Kendall Coyne Schofield Is A Shooting Star In the World Of Hockey
Kendall Coyne Schofield’s resume continues to grow, as does her legacy in hockey. Coyne Schofield has two Olympic medals and six World Championship medals. In 2019, she made history as the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star Skills Competition and later that year joined the San Diego Sharks broadcast team as a color analyst. She’s had incredible success in her career, but her impact off the ice deserves as much recognition as her game.
She is on a mission to elevate women’s hockey while being a role model for young girls in the game, and she’s certainly doing that. The Chicago Blackhawks and NBC Sports teamed up to produce a short documentary on Coyne Schofield’s historic All-Star appearance, while she later became part of the NHL’s first all-female broadcast team to call a game. A year after her first NHL All-Star appearance, she participated in a 3-on-3 game against Canada before the 2020 competition kicked off. As she told NBCSports, “You need to see it to be it.”
“I know I’ve grown up in an era where there have been so many women who have fought for the opportunities that I’ve had in my career as an athlete,” she said, “and so for me, we’re not done fighting yet and I need to carry on their legacy and continue to fight for more opportunities for girls and women in sports. And to me, that’s a greater mission than winning a medal or an individual accomplishment.”
Kendall and her husband, Michael Schofield, who is an offensive lineman in the NFL, are working hard to make a difference outside their respective sport. They established the Schofield Family Foundation, which is dedicated to providing funding and support people in their Sandburg community of Chicago. The foundation has helped military, first responders, youth sports organizations, and families in need. They also award a scholarship to a student-athlete at their old high school.
“When Michael and I started the foundation along with our board of directors, it was so important to give back to the community that means so much to us,” Coyne Schofield told the Chicago Tribune.
Coyne Schofield also runs a hockey camp for girls at the same rink where shelearned a lot of the skills she needed to become a star. She’s giving back to the sport and tells young girls to shoot for the stars.
“You have to have a burning passion for the game if you really want to get better at it,” she told Princeton Tiger Lilies. “I see over 100 girls at my camp, and many of them are bigger than me. But you don’t have to be big to dream big. Those obstacles become part of your journey, and it’s what makes the top so special.”
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