AMESBURY, Mass. — Maples Crossing is proud to announce that three-time Olympic Medalist Kacey Bellamy will serve as the facility’s Director of Athletic Development.
Bellamy, a Massachusetts native, has excelled at the collegiate, professional, and international level, for almost two decades. The culmination of her storied career, being one of the captains of Team USA, when they delivered a shootout victory in the gold medal game against Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“Maples Crossing is exactly what I dreamed of doing after my playing career was over,” said Bellamy. “I wanted to be a part of an environment where I could share advice and use my experiences to help inspire and develop the next generation of athletes.”
The programming will be built around the four pillars of player development: Technical, Tactical, Physical, and Psychological. In keeping with Bellamy’s vision, all programming will be based on her philosophy: work hard, stay humble, and be kind.
“I feel like through my experience, I can bring a modern day approach of developing young athletes, through the four pillars of player development (physical, technical, tactical, and psychological),” said Bellamy. “It takes complete buy-in to get to the next level and to achieve your goals as a team, and as an individual. I want to incorporate these pillars at a young age to prepare these young athletes for a better future, in and out of the game.”
The team at Maples Crossing is honored to have Bellamy on board to develop programs designed to encourage hard work, leadership, integrity, and community-based excellence.
“Kacey’s accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Joe Callahan, of Maples Crossing. “But her vision, for creating a better approach to preparing young athletes to be successful human beings is even more important to us. Kacey understands what is required not just of great athletes, but great people. She is an integral part of our vision here at Maples Crossing, and we are lucky to have her on the team.
Bellamy understands the challenge ahead, and — as per the usual — is excited to embrace it.
“In some ways, the actual sport is the easy part, but getting a child to listen and buy-in to the other side like nutrition, mental skills, team building, leadership, etc. are the areas in which you simply separate good from great. I’ve personally experienced more failure than success in my career and how I reacted to those failures ultimately set me up to finally reach my lifelong dream of winning a gold medal. Those are the day in and day out habits I want to embed into these athletes.”
Maples Crossing is New England’s premiere destination to work, play, stay. Our commitment to sports is evident in our name, which honors the historic Amesbury Maples, America’s oldest amateur hockey club. Situated across our 75-acre campus we offer wellness, fitness, entertainment, and dining opportunities. Our location at the intersection of I-95 and I-495 makes us a convenient destination for best-in-class sports, business, and entertainment experiences.