Field Hockey

Darien Field Hockey Team Steps Up To Help Frontliners

Darien field hockey players Teddy Maloney (left) and Emma Riley this morning made their first delivery of bottled drinks and protein bars to Stamford Hospital.

The idea stemmed from Kirsten Riley, whose daughter Emma will be a senior next year on the Darien field hockey team. Riley was speaking to a friend who works at Stamford Hospital and learned how overwhelmed frontline doctors and nurses were getting just 15-minute breaks.

“They don’t have time to eat, they can only open a bottle of water or Gatorade and eat a protein bar,” Blue Wave coach Mo Minicus said.

So Minicus reached out to her players and came up with a plan: to collect drinks and bars and deliver them to Stamford Hospital.

The first dropoff was today, and for its charitable work we are naming the Darien field hockey team the Ruden Report-Fairfield County Bank Team of the Week. We will get the members TRR hats and shirts.

Darien field hockey coach Mo Minicus with Emma Riley (left) and Teddy Maloney this morning prior to their first delivery to Stamford

Minicus’ home serves as the warehouse. Players have been dropping off the bottled drinks and bars. Everyone adheres to social distancing and wears gloves for deliveries and pickups.

Riley and Teddy Maloney, another senior to be, today made the first dropoff with their mothers at Stamford Hospital. The hospital only allows deliveries between 7-8 a.m.

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“Today was a big success,” Minicus said. “They said it was easy, clean and safe.”

The team has arranged a schedule for collection and deliveries over the next two to three weeks.

Minicus said she has a larger goal.

“I want to contact other coaches and our athletic director,” Minicus said. “Maybe different teams can go to different hospitals, Greenwich Hospital, Norwalk Hospital. I would love to make this a Darien thing.”

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