Athlete of the Week: Samantha Ackerman
SPORT: Field Hockey
HOMETOWN: Nesconset, New York
How Did You First Start Playing Field Hockey?
I started playing field hockey because of my two older sisters. They both loved it and accomplished so much while playing. They inspired me to become the players that they were.
Outside Of Field Hockey What Do You Like To Do?
I love spending my time in the gym. I was very overweight up until the beginning of high school. I decided to make a lifestyle change and got into nutrition and lifting. I love creating new, healthy recipes and doing crazy workouts.
Who Are Your Biggest Role Models?
My family. I am truly blessed to be part of such a big, loving family. My parents and five other siblings are the biggest support group anyone could ever have. I would not be the person I am today without their encouragement, love and support. I look up to each and everyone of them in their own ways. My mother, father, three sisters and two brothers are the most hard-working, humbled people I know.
Are You A Fan Of Any Teams?
I love watching the New York Rangers play and will always have a love for the Yankees because of the love my grandpa had for Derek Jeter. The Yankees will always be a wonderful memory of my grandpa.
Do You Have Any Superstitions?
Last year I lost my grandfather and ever since then I would always find dimes. I am into the psychic stuff and believe that dimes are signs of loved ones present. Before many of my games this year, I would find dimes in random places and knew that it was my grandfather’s way of sending me luck. I collected the dimes I would find and always put one in my shin guard before a game. I would never play without it. I loved knowing that my grandpa had my back during our games.
What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory?
It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the very beginning of our past season at our Utica tournament with my teammate and sister, Dani [Ackerman]. I assisted Dani’s record tying goal. It was such a special moment for both my sister and I. I was extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a wonderful moment.