How does one get a United States field hockey men’s national team player to speak to your high school team.
If you're Perryville High's Nicole Welsch, you simply ask.
JaJa Kentwell was happy to oblige.
"If someone asks, it's kind of difficult to say no," said Kentwell, a striker on the U.S. squad. "It was a no-brainer for me. I said of course I will do it. This game is my passion. It has given me so many opportunities to travel the world and meet great people. I feel like I have to give back to the community."
Kentwell, a striker on the national team, spent part of his 27th birthday in Perryville last Wednesday afternoon, providing instruction and advice to Panthers players.