Sacred Heart Academy will host the 47th annual Apple Invitational Field Hockey Tournament beginning August 19 and running through August 26, 2019 on SHA’s campus.
The Apple Tournament began in 1973 in honor of Constance Applebee’s 100th Birthday. Ms. Applebee, affectionately known as “The Apple”, introduced the game of field hockey as a women’s sport in the United States in 1901. The late Bunny Daugherty, former coach, athletic director and friend of Sacred Heart Academy, founded the tournament at SHA in 1973. The Apple Tournament is the longest running field hockey tournament in the Midwest region and one of the oldest tournaments in the nation.
The tournament is a pre-season chance for local schools to find out how their teams stack up, and is a fundraiser for Sacred Heart, offsetting costs for all SHA sports programs and clubs. This year, the school is also donating a portion of the proceeds to Twisted Pink, a local charity funding Stage IV metastatic breast cancer research and founded by SHA parent, Caroline Johnson. From 2014-2017, the Apple Tournament donated $5,000 of its proceeds to benefit the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center for the Louisville Stick-It-To-Cancer Event.
A total of 16 varsity teams, 12 junior varsity teams and five freshman teams will compete. Click here for a full schedule and updated brackets.